Victory for all 3 Duterte children in Davao City

DUTERTE DOMINATION. The 3 eldest Duterte children win the highest local positions in Davao City.

Paolo Duterte photo by Jefry Tupas, Sara and Sebastian Duterte photos by Rappler

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – As expected, President Rodrigo Duterte's 3 children dominated the Davao City elections, sweeping the mayoral and vice mayoral posts, as well as a congressional seat.

Their victory was proclaimed by the Davao City Board of Canvassers on Tuesday night, May 14.

Results shown by the Davao City Board of Canvassers showed that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is set to keep her post for another term.

Sara garnered 580,058 votes, leading to a landslide win against her lone opponent, Magdaleno "Jun" Marcellones, who got 4,270 votes.

Sara Duterte has insurmountable lead vs her lone rival Jun Marcellones. Davao City mayoral race: - Sara Duterte - 511,393 votes - Jun Marcellones - 3,853 votes 87% of clustered precincts have reported results. @rapplerdotcom #PHVote — Pia Ranada (@piaranada) May 13, 2019


Her younger brother, Sebastian "Baste" Duterte, is running unopposed as vice mayor. Results shown by the Davao City Board of Canvassers showed he got 557,769 votes.

Paolo Duterte, the eldest of the 3, bested his two rivals with 197,024 votes in the race for the first legislative district seat of Davao City. 

His opponents Susana Uyanguren and Rex Labis got 5,135 and 2,124 votes, respectively.

Paolo Duterte now has insurmountable lead vs his 2 opponents for 1st District of Davao City congressional seat. 417 out of 432 clustered precincts already reported, accdg to Davao City Board of Canvassers. @rapplerdotcom — Pia Ranada (@piaranada) May 13, 2019


The victory of the 3 Dutertes secures the Duterte family's hold on Davao City politics. The President had been the city's most influential politician for 3 decades, serving 3 terms as mayor, 3 terms as vice mayor, and one term as 1st District representative. 

Sara had served as her father's vice mayor before herself serving two terms as mayor. Paolo was a barangay captain and then vice mayor. Baste has never held an elective post before. The 2019 elections is his first time entering politics. –

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at