Sara Duterte misses deadline for Philippine president candidacy
MANILA — Sara Duterte, the daughter of the Philippine president and front-runner to succeed him, missed Friday’s filing deadline to register her candidacy for next year’s presidential election.
However, this does not rule her out from joining the race later because election commission rules allow for substitutions of party candidates until mid-November. She has a precedent in her father, Rodrigo, who also submitted his candidacy in 2015 past the filing deadline.
Hours before the deadline, Sara, the mayor of the Davao City, thanked her supporters in a Facebook post, saying: “I am presenting myself to the Dabawenyos (people of Davao) as mayor for the third and last time in my life as a politician.”
Her post was flooded with comments pleading with her to still run for president.
Sara filed her candidacy for mayor on Oct. 2, the same day that President Duterte — barred from seeking a second term under the constitution — dropped his plan to run for vice president and announced his retirement.
President Rodrigo Duterte said that day “It’s Sara-Go” for 2022, referring to his daughter and senator Bong Go, his longtime aide, who is running for vice president.
The election commission rules say candidate substitutions due to withdrawal are allowed until Nov. 15, and the candidate “may be substituted by an aspirant/official candidate belonging to, and nominated by the same political party or coalition.”