2022 PH local races

Sara Duterte, Baste to seek reelection as Davao City mayor, vice mayor

Pia Ranada

REELECTION. In this file photo, Baste Duterte and Sara Duterte pose during the filing of candidacies for the 2019 elections.

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The President's eldest daughter plans to stay in local government at least for now, says her spokesperson

Presidential survey frontrunner Sara Duterte has decided to seek reelection as Davao City mayor in the 2022 elections, said her spokesman Liloan Mayor Christina Frasco.

“Mayor Sara is running for reelection as Davao City Mayor,” Frasco told Rappler on Thursday, September 16.

“Incumbent Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte will run for reelection,” she added.

Sara served as mayor from 2010 to 2013, then again from 2016 to 2019. In the 2019 elections, she secured a fresh mandate until 2022. If she wins the same post next year, this would be her third consecutive term as mayor, given the limits imposed by the 1987 Constitution.

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This means that in 2024, Sara will not be able to run for mayor anymore. Some supporters have floated that Sara at one point run for Davao district representative or even for a national post.

For Sebastian, also known as Baste, it would only be his second time to gun for a government position. His current post as vice mayor is his first time in public office.

Sara’s decision to stay in local government comes after she had announced she would not be joining the 2022 presidential race in order to give way to her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, who plans to run for vice president.

The president had previously said delicadeza dictated only one of them run for a national post next year.

Sara, however, has said she would support her father’s vice-presidential bid. Her father has asked her to also support the presidential bid of his longtime aide Senator Bong Go. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

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