Sara Duterte backs father's 2022 VP bid

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 15) — After initially keeping distance, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Wednesday urged her supporters to back her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, in his bid for the vice presidency in the 2022 elections.

"Mayroong kaming maayos na kasunduan ni Pangulong Duterte sa aming kani-kaniyang karera sa pulitika. Ibigay po natin sa kanya ang pinakamalakas natin na suporta sa kanyang desisyon na tumakbong vice president," she said in a video message.

[Translation: President Duterte and I have an agreement on our political careers. Let us give our strongest support for his decision to run for vice president.]

The presidential daughter also thanked her supporters who have been pushing her to run for president next year.

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

Last week, the Davao City mayor ruled out running for the top post after her father accepted PDP-Laban's nomination to be the ruling party's vice presidential bet. She said they both agreed that only one of them will run for a national position.

Mayor Duterte also previously told the President and Senator Bong Go to "own up" publicly their decision to run as a tandem after her father "personally confirmed" to her his plan for the upcoming polls.

Go has already declined PDP-Laban's nomination to be its standard bearer.