Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte withdraws her Certificate of Candidacy for re-election

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has withdrawn her Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for re-election as Davao City mayor on November 9; days before the deadline for the substitution of candidates.

The announcement was posted on her Facebook page of showing a photo of her visit at the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office in Davao City, Philippines. The post also explained that she will be replaced by her brother, current vice-mayor of Davao City, Sebastian “Baste” Duterte in the 2022 elections. “Ngayong hapon wini-withdraw ko ang aking kandidatura sa pagka-Mayor ng Davao City. Si VM Baste ang papalit sa akin. Ito lamang po muna sa ngayon. Maraming salamat po,” she said. Hours before Sara Duterte-Carpio’s announcement, Baste Duterte filed to withdraw his candidacy for vice-mayor of Davao City, as advised by Sara Duterte. As substitute for the vice mayor position, Baste has nominated incumbent councilor Atty. Melchor Quitain, Jr. This decision had people contemplating on the possibility of her running for a national post. During the period of filing for the COC, many supporters have urged her to run for President. Which she ardently refused to do so, especially not under her father’s ruling PDP-Laban Party. However, Dutere-Carpio did not share further information on the matter on her latest political move. Prior to this, Duterte-Carpio met with former Sen. Bongbong Marcos and Sen. Bato dela Rosa who are both aspirants for the presidential position. Particulars of the meetings were limited, but Dela Rosa stated that he reminded her of the nearing deadline for the substitution of candidates which was set on November 15 by the Commission on Elections. Mayor Sara filed her re-election bid for the mayor of Davao City on Oct. 2, whilst Vice Mayor Baste filed his for vice-mayor of the city on Oct. 3. Concurrently, their brother Paolo Duterte is still eyeing for the position of congressman in their district, while their father President Rodrigo R. Duterte is considering a Senate seat even with his plans of retiring from politics.

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