Supporters 'unfazed' despite Sara Duterte's declaration she's not running in 2022

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 12) — Supporters of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte will push through with their movement's launch on Monday, "unfazed" by her recent pronouncement that she has no interest in running for the presidency in 2022.

In a statement on Sunday, organizers said the Hugpong Para kay Sara (HPS) will be officially launched tomorrow, where they claim over 10,000 new supporters from the Philippines, the Middle East, Canada, and the United States will pledge their support and urge Mayor Sara to reconsider her decision.

"We will proceed with the HPS launching in spite of the recent pronouncement of Mayor Sara that she will not run for president because we still believe she is the most qualified to lead our nation for the next six years,” Bagong Henerasyon partylist representative and HPS spokesperson Bernadette Herrera said.

The group said while it respects her recent statement, it still hopes that "Mayor Inday’s heart for the Filipino people will ultimately prevail."

Last week, Mayor Sara said she will not seek a national position after her father President Rodrigo Duterte accepted the endorsement of a faction within the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan to be its vice-presidential candidate, with Sen. Bong Go as its presidential bet, in the 2022 polls.

READ: Sara Duterte says she won't run for president after her father officially accepts VP nomination

President Duterte earlier said he will step aside if his daughter, a frontrunner in most election surveys, decides to run.

The filing of the certificates of candidacy with the Commission on Elections will begin in October.