Sara Duterte now 'open' to run for president in 2022

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Cebu (CNN Philippines, July 9) — Another Duterte may run for the country's top post in the 2022 national elections as Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Friday said she is now "open" to seeking the presidency.

"Yes," the daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte said when asked in a chance interview if she is open to running for president next year. However, she added there is no final decision yet.

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The Davao City mayor was in Cebu for a closed-door meeting with Gov. Gwen Garcia at the Provincial Capitol.

She said the discussions did not touch politics, but added that she told Garcia she would be back in Cebu soon with her Hugpong Ng Pagbabago party to further consult supporters.

Duterte also thanked Cebuanos who have put up "Run, Sara, Run" tarpaulins in Cebu and other localities for "their trust and confidence in me."

"Ang importante sa pagkakaron is mahibal an namo kung unsay ginahunahuna sa mga tawo ug unsay gusto sa mga tawo," she told reporters.

[Translation: What is important now is that we know the sentiments of the people and what they really want.]

The mayor previously insisted she will not run for president next year despite emerging as the top choice in recent surveys. Her father had also discouraged her from running, saying the presidency is no job for a woman.