Inday Sara not running for president – Duterte

Christina Mendez - The Philippine Star
Inday Sara not running for president � Duterte
“Inday Sara is not running. I have really put my foot down,” Rodrigo Roa Duterte said on the sidelines of his situational briefing on Typhoon Auring in Surigao del Sur last Tuesday.
Michael Varcas

MANILA, Philippines — For the nth time, President Duterte has discouraged his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, from running for president next year despite efforts by some supporters to prod her to follow his footsteps.

“Inday Sara is not running. I have really put my foot down,” Duterte said on the sidelines of his situational briefing on Typhoon Auring in Surigao del Sur last Tuesday.

As a father, Duterte said he cannot bear to see his children maligned in public. “Naaawa ako sa anak ko. Ang pulitika dito sa Pilipinas, kababuyan (I pity my daughter. Philippine politics is dirty),” he said.

Duterte responded to the call of Surigao del Sur Gov. Alexander Pimentel for either Sara or the President’s closest aide, Sen. Bong Go, to run for the presidency to continue the reforms initiated during the current administration.

“Our request is continuity. That somebody from the administration should continue what you started,” Pimentel told the President. “So, we need to convince Inday Sara or Sen. Bong Go.”

Duterte was firm on Sara not running for president, but he did not answer the suggestion to have Go as a possible substitute.

During the situation briefing in Surigao, the President recalled how former senator Antonio Trillanes IV painted him as a corrupt politician with alleged hidden wealth during the campaign for the 2016 presidential polls.

Duterte added that even his teenage daughter Kitty was not spared from black propaganda.

These are the reasons why he does not want Sara to run for higher office, Duterte said.

The Chief Executive then warned the public against Trillanes, insinuating the possible pitfalls if the former Navy lieutenant is again voted into office.

“Be careful of Trillanes – he will sell you to the devil,” Duterte said.

Duterte and Trillanes have been at each others’ throats since the 2016 campaign. The former Magdalo leader has accused Duterte of having amassed hidden wealth through nefarious activities, even challenging the former Davao mayor to sign a waiver to make public his bank accounts.

Duterte has repeatedly claimed he had no secret bank accounts here or abroad, but has refused to sign a waiver.

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