Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) on Friday, October 1, the first day of filing. Her spokesperson, Cebu Mayor Christina Garcia Frasco confirmed this as well.
Duterte-Carpio had announced several months ago that she was not eyeing the presidency when her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, declared that he would run for vice president in the looming national elections. At the time, the elder Duterte accepted the endorsement of the PDP-Laban Cusi faction.
But most recently, the president said that he would retire from politics, following the public’s discontent at his handling of the Covid19 pandemic and the country’s failing economy, among other things.
“In obedience to the will of the people, I now say sa mga kababayan ko, sundin ko ang gusto ninyo. Today, I announce my retirement from politics.” In his stead, long-time aide Sen. Bong Go replaced him as the faction’s bet for vice president.
However, Duterte-Carpio still has until October 8 to change her mind and withdraw her bid for mayor, as it is the last day of filing COCs.
President Duterte himself filed for reelection as mayor in 2015 before he substituted PDP-Laban nominee Martin Diño, who named Duterte as his substitute.
Substitution may occur in cases of death, withdrawal or disqualification of the original candidate.
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