By Rjay Zuriaga Castor

PHOTO: Canadian Inquirer

Despite being urged by many, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio clarifies speculations and said she has no plans to pursue the presidential race in 2022.

In a text message sent to Reuters on Thursday, Duterte-Carpio reiterated her stance on the upcoming presidential elections saying she would not be a late entry in the presidential race like what his father did six years ago.

“I am not being coy nor am I doing a last-minute. If the whole country does not want to believe (this) then I can’t do anything about it. Not everyone wants to be president. I am one of them,” Sara said. 

“I thank all of them for their trust and confidence in what I can do but my refusal to run for president is not the end of the world,” she added. 

Sara had earlier topped a Pulse Asia survey on possible candidates for president in the 2022 elections, however, she said she was not interested and wants her name off lists of choices in presidential bet polls. 

On Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterte said his daughter is not pursuing the highest government post of the land and that he discouraged her from doing so. 

“My daughter, inuudyok man nila. Sabi ko, my daughter, is not running. I have told Inday not to run because naaawa ako sa dadaanan nya na dinaanan ko,” Duterte said in a speech at the inauguration of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3.

He reiterated that the top government post is supposedly unfit for a woman.

“Hindi ito pambabae. Alam mo, the emotional set-up of a woman and a man is totally different. Maging g*g* ka dito. That is the sad story,” he said.

The Philippines had two female presidents before– late president Corazon Aquino from 1986 to 1992 and former president (2001 to 2010) now Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.