Sara Duterte reiterates no presidential, VP run; in talks to support Marcos

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Cebu City (CNN Philippines, October 24) — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte's meeting with presidential aspirant and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. once again stirred up speculations about her political plans, but she has reiterated that she is seeking reelection in the May 2022 polls.

“No, I do not have plans to run for president," the eldest daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte said when asked about her plans after attending two events in Cebu on Sunday.

Despite their meetings, she has denied they will be running mates in the upcoming election. She said they only discussed how her regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago will support Marcos' candidacy.

Mayor Duterte had the rumor mill churning when she met with Marcos on Saturday, sparking speculations that she would run as his vice president.

When asked about their meeting, she replied: “I cannot comment on that but you can ask him since he is the one who is a candidate for a national position.”

During her visit to Cebu, Mayor Duterte said her relationship with Governor Gwen Garcia and her family goes beyond politics and that Cebuanos will be seeing much of her in 2022 and even in 2023 for similar visits. She also requested those in attendance to ask their friends in Davao City to campaign for her.

She added there were familial ties with the province as some of her relatives were from Tuburan and Danao.