Duterte siblings file COCs, prefer to stay in Davao

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Davao City (CNN Philippines, October 3) — One of President Rodrigo Duterte's three children confirmed they were staying in Davao City and would not seek higher office.

Sebastian Duterte filed his certificate of candidacy for reelection as vice mayor of the city. He also filed his older brother Paolo's COC as the latter is still in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

The older Duterte is the representative of the 1st District of Davao City.

Sebastian said he decided to run for reelection because he would like to follow through with his work in the 19th city council.

"As far as my reelection is concerned, we passed many ordinances under the 19th city council of Davao. I would like to make a follow through on that. I would love to see our ordinances put into proper implementation," he said.

When asked about his sister Sara’s decision to seek reelection as mayor, the youngest among the three siblings said that he will continue supporting her.

"Just for the information of everybody, once my sister says something she doesn't go back from her words," the vice mayor said.

Mayor Duterte filed her COC on Oct. 2.

"Whatever her decision, I will understand and support it. If she's happy staying as mayor of Davao, then I will support it," he said.

Sebastian also told the supporters of the mayor, who are still pushing her to run for president: "If you want to continue what you are doing then it is up to you."

On Saturday, President Duterte was quoted as saying Sara would run for president alongside his long-time aide Senator Bong Go.