Duterte confident daughter Sara won't run for a national post

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 1) — President Rodrigo Duterte said his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, is not interested in any national government post.

"Ang anak ko, si Inday, I can tell you I know her. Hindi magtatakbo 'yan ng national. Ganun lang 'yan," Duterte said in a speech on Tuesday.

[Translation: "My daughter, Inday, I can tell you I know her. She won't run for a national post. She's just like that."]

He mentioned this when he said he is in favor of banning political dynasties. "Okay ako, wala akong problema (I'm okay, I have no problem with that)."

A Pulse Asia survey in April showed that the presidential daughter would be among the top six senators if the 2019 midterm polls were held the day the survey was conducted.

It seems Duterte-Carpio already has some influence in the national scene, as some congressmen confirmed she was behind the controversial ouster of Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez as House Speaker. They said the feisty mayor asked congressmen for support in ousting Alvarez and electing former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as House leader.

This is a claim Duterte-Carpio has neither confirmed nor denied.

There are also talks of congressmen leaving PDP-Laban to jump ship to Lakas-CMD, Arroyo's political party before she pledged allegiance to PDP-Laban in October 2017.

House Deputy Speaker Rolando Andaya said Lakas-CMD may possibly merge with Duterte-Carpio's regional party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

Duterte-Carpio said her party is willing to forge alliances with other political groups, but stressed it is not ready to go national.