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Sara Duterte: Midterm polls not a preview of 2022 elections

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Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte. (file photo by EDWIN BACASMAS / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio does not see the midterm elections as a preview of the 2022 presidential elections where she is seen as a possible successor of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte-Carpio won her reelection bid as Davao City mayor while nine candidates of her Hugpong ng Pagbabago party are poised to take seats in the Senate.

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“In my opinion, many things can happen in between 2019 and 2022. I think 2021 surveys are the preview,” she told INQUIRER.net in a Viber message.

Duterte earlier warned Duterte-Carpio that the presidency would “destroy” her. He spoke amid speculation that his daughter was posturing for a 2022 presidential bid.

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The President also told her that running for president would give her nothing but “sacrifices” and “insults.”

READ: Duterte again tells Sara: Don’t run for president

Duterte-Carpio has not ruled out running for president.

“It depends on the circumstances. Maybe we can make a deadline in January 2021,” she previously told reporters in an interview.

But in a message to INQUIRER.net, she said “I have not started to think about it. I prioritize what needs to be done in Davao.” (Editor: Cenon B. Bibe Jr.)

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