MANILA, October 3 (Reuters) – The surprise retirement of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte after his term expires next year has paved the way for his daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio to run for president.
Here are five things to know about Duterte-Carpio.
WHO IS SARA DUTERTE-CARPIO?
Like her father, Duterte-Carpio, 43, trained as a lawyer before entering politics in 2007 when she was elected vice-mayor to her father.
In 2010, she succeeded Duterte to become the first female mayor of Davao, a city of over 1.6 million people 1,000 km (600 miles) from the capital Manila, replacing her father who served as mayor for over two decades.
Her image is as down-to-earth as that of her father in a country where tough guys play well: she once punched a court official who challenged her; she drives big motorcycles; and her children are nicknamed Sharkie, Stingray and Stonefish.
She is also no stranger to presidential events and overseas travel, serving as first lady due to her father’s annulled marriage.
WHAT DOES SHE SAY?
Duterte-Carpio said last month she was not yet running for a higher post because she and her father had agreed that only one of them would run for a national post next year .
Reflecting this statement, she submitted her candidacy for mayor of Davao for the third time on Saturday. On the same day, however, her father announced his retirement from politics and declared that his daughter would run for president, with her closest loyalist, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go as vice president. Read more
Her spokesperson told Reuters that she had not commented on it and only knew what was being reported in local media.
In July, Duterte-Caprio launched a Facebook page with a video saying she wanted the public to get to know her, while “run, Sara, run” banners, posters and t-shirts cropped through. the archipelago of 110 million people.
Last month, she said several politicians offered her to be her running mate.
Duterte-Carpio told Reuters earlier this year that she decided not to extend the political dynasty to the presidency. “I made a table where I listed the why’s and why not before deciding that I wasn’t going to run,” she said, adding that she hadn’t told her father the reason. .
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Political analysts have said last-minute changes to the list of presidential candidates are possible, with the deadline for withdrawals and replacements still being over a month.
They suspected the father and daughter might use the same tactics Duterte used in 2015 when he joined the presidential race at the eleventh hour after repeatedly denying any interest. Read more
As such, a last-minute presidential entry from Duterte-Carpio could not be ruled out, analysts said.
Still, former political science professor Temario Rivera said a Duterte-Carpio-Go tandem would be “weak” because Go lacks a political base that could help garner votes.
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WHO IS HIS CONTEST?
Although she has never held a national office, Duterte-Carpio is by far the most popular presidential prospect, successive opinion polls have shown this year. Read more
But other potential candidates reduced its lead in a poll of 2,400 people carried out in September by Pulse Asia, its support falling from 28% to 20%.
Boxer Manny Pacquiao, who formalized his presidential candidacy after retiring from boxing, moved up a notch to fourth place, with 12% support versus 8% previously.
Another potential candidate is the namesake son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who was right behind Duterte-Carpio in the poll. Analysts said Marcos could even run alongside Duterte-Carpio, as chairman or vice chairman.
Two others have declared their intention to run: Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, a former actor, and Senator Panfilo Lacson, a former police chief – supporters of both expect them to submit certificates of nomination in the coming days.
Vice President Leni Robredo, who was elected separately from Duterte in the last vote, is also expected to announce her decision to run for president this week, her supporters said. Like Pacquiao and Lacson, Robredo saw his support increase in the latest Pulse Asia survey.
WOULD SHE BE PROVIDED FOR HER FATHER?
Analysts said it was crucial that Duterte’s successor was a loyalist, to isolate him from possible legal action at his home or by the International Criminal Court for thousands of murders since 2016 during his war on justice. drug.
For Carlos Conde, Filipino researcher for Human Rights Watch, based in New York, no one can protect Duterte better than Duterte-Carpio.
But Duterte-Carpio showed her independence three years ago when she united political factions to oust a presidential ally as president of the lower house.
She was not so forthright about the war on drugs which has been a centerpiece of Duterte’s administration, but said prevention and rehabilitation should be part of drug policy, and that ” the police should be quickly drawn “.
Neither has she been as close to China as her father – whose close ties to Beijing have shaken the traditional alliance with the United States and a homeland security establishment with close ties to the United States.
In 2020, Duterte-Carpio traveled to the United States for leadership training sponsored by the Department of State.
“We should be spectators on the China v US issue,” she told Reuters. “We should gather friends outside of the two, so that if one turns their backs on us, we still have nine. And if both of them forget about us, we have another eight. And if eight leave us, we should be left alone. “
Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Christopher Cushing
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