'Stop talking about me': Sara Duterte tells dad, Go on their decision to run as tandem in 2022

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 25) — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has urged President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Bong Go to "own up" publicly their decision to run as a tandem after her father "personally confirmed" to her his plan in next year's polls.

In a statement on Wednesday, the presidential daughter did not mince words after her father reportedly said that he and Go are willing to set aside their political plan should she seek the country's highest post.

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"The President, very recently, personally confirmed to me that he will run for Vice President and Senator Go as President. It was not a pleasant event," Mayor Duterte bared.

Mayor Duterte said that she personally heard from the President "very recently" about him running alongside Go. She added that she herself received two letters from her father asking her to consider either endorsing the Go-Duterte tandem or taking in Go as her vice president.

"I strongly suggest to the President and Senator Go own up publicly their decision to run as a tandem," she also said.

"If they can confirm it privately, then I do not see the reason why they cannot be candid about it to the public..." the mayor added. "I respectfully advise them to stop talking about me and make me the reason for them running or not running."

She also called out the PDP-Laban faction of Sen. Koko Pimentel and Ron Munsayac to "stop blaming me for the sad state of their political party."

"It is not my fault that no one among you is a leader worthy of the respect of the majority," she firmly said.

"Do not blame me for the sitcom that your party has been reduced to," she added.

Mayor Duterte, who consistently tops the polls in the 2022 presidential election, said she "refuse(s) to be a political punching bag for a party in complete disarray."

PDP-Laban executive vice president Karlo Nograles earlier told The Source that the party will nominate the Go-Duterte tandem during their national convention on Sept. 8.

Mayor Duterte has not officially declared her candidacy for president. A Hugpong ng Pagbabago official previously told CNN Philippines that she will likely stay as mayor to avoid a tandem with her father.