Duterte: Inday will not run for President

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 8) — President Rodrigo Duterte — apparently trying to quash speculation that he was grooming his daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio to be his successor — said Thursday that she has no plans to run for President.

"Si Inday, huwag kayo maniwalang tatakbo ng Presidente. Hindi yan mag-aaksaya ng panahon," he said in a speech at an event in Malay, Aklan.

[Translation: Don't believe Inday will run for President. She won't waste her time.]

Inday is the nickname of Duterte's daughter, the incumbent mayor of Davao City. She has formed her own regional political party, the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), ahead of the 2019 elections. HNP has entered into alliances with other regional and national political parties.

In a speech in September during his meeting with the Filipino community in Jordan, the President said should he be unable to fulfill his promises to the country, he was hopeful his daughter would in the future.

"I won here, 73 percent of you voted for me. So I will remember that for all time. And kung hindi ako makabayad ng utang ko sa inyo, I hope in little ways, si Inday, Mayor man, she might be in the future. Pwede man ninyong malapitan. Inday is good. Marunong 'yan," he said.

[Translation: I won here, 73 percent of you voted for me. So I will still remember that for all time. And if I am unable to repay my debt to you, I hope in little ways Inday, even as mayor, she might be in the future. You can approach her. Inday is good. She is clever.]

In August, the President said he was confident his daughter would not run for any national post.

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

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

And just last month, Duterte said among his three older children, Inday was the most formidable.

Speaking at the 44th Philippine Business Conference and Expo in Manila on October 18, the President said it was Sara who moved to unseat Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as House Speaker.

"Be careful of that woman. She can oust even a Speaker. She operated in Davao as mayor, tignan mo nangyari [look at what happened] in Congress," Duterte said.

Sara Duterte is seeking another term as Davao City mayor in the 2019 elections. Her brother, Sebastian, is running for vice mayor, while her other brother Paolo as the city's first district representative.