President Rodrigo Duterte over the weekend said he reminded his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio she will “regret” running for president
once his term ends in 2022.
In his speech during a PDP-Laban campaign rally in Agusan del Norte, President Duterte said he had discouraged his daughter from pursuing plans to succeed him.
“Inday? I told her, ‘Inday, don’t run. You will really regret it’,” Duterte said, referring to Davao City’s chief executive.
“I don’t regret it [the presidency], I’m not ready to admit that I wasted your vote. But as I’ve said, it would have been inappropriate for me to decide to run.”
Duterte made his statement even as Sara said she would do it all over again―court voters to support the party’s senatorial candidates―despite the pressure and the exhaustion she felt while doing it.
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Interviewed at the sidelines of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign in Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Sara said she would do it again for the sake of her father and her family.
She said she did not expect that it would be difficult to carry a political party on a national scale.
Amid the persistent speculations about Sara’s plans to run for President in 2022, the President assured the public that he would advise Sara to “lay off.”
He said the job of a chief executive “does not pay” because of the exhaustion, the insults and the slurs.
He said the presidency was a “gift from God” but the job itself had “nothing to offer.”
“I have a lot of heartache with my job. I regret it, to be honest. I ought not to have opted to run. That’s true,” Duterte said in the same speech.
“That’s why I told my daughter Inday, ‘Day, I will resign. I don’t want to do this anymore’.
“It has nothing to offer to you. You will do everything, you will even go to the mountains to talk, you will go to Marawi... You will risk your life. Unless you have that sense of patriotism that’s overflowing.
“In hindsight, if they make me run again, I won’t. I won’t run anymore. Maybe only for mayor, but that would be—this would be my last term... Inday [as] vice mayor. Nothing else. That’s why I worry a lot in Malacañang.
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