Sara Duterte, the incumbent president’s heiress, wins the vice-presidential race

President Rodrigo Duterte’s eldest daughter wins her first national race, also marking the entry of the Duterte dynasty into national politics

MANILA, Philippines — Davao Mayor Sara Duterte, fueled by a campaign that promised “unity” and popularity for her father, the incumbent president, is poised to win the country’s second-highest post.

From 4:06 a.m. on Tuesday May 10, Duterte’s lead of 30,065,495 votes, with 93.53% of the constituency returns, made it impossible to catch up with any of his rivals.

The 43-year-old, who has been in politics for most of her adult life, is the second consecutive Duterte to hold national office. Her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, however, ends his term on June 30, 2022 – the same day Sara Duterte is to be sworn in as the 15th Vice-President of the Republic.

Sara’s journey to the office of vice president was almost as dramatic as her father’s to Malacañang in the 2016 elections. The mayor of Davao, then leading early preference polls for president, initially asked for her re-election as mayor of the city, shutting down calls for her to follow in her father’s footsteps on the national stage.

But following a self-reported bout of COVID-19, Duterte made a quick trip to Cebu City where she met presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. The two tried to play coy but barely two weeks later, Sara Duterte withdrew it. mayoral candidate, resigned from her local party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), flew to Manila to attend a wedding, then joined Lakas-CMD, a national party.

She then tabled her replacement as Lakas-CMD’s vice-presidential bet.

Lakas-CMD, HNP, Marcos Jr.’s 2022 vehicle, Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino then came together to form the “Uniteam Alliance” with Marcos and Duterte as their standard bearers. The two quickly became the first on the run from the 2022 race.

Sara Duterte is a respiratory therapy graduate who went on to earn a law degree and passed the bar. Just two years after officially gaining the right to practice law, Duterte was elected vice mayor of Davao while her father was re-elected mayor of Davao City.

The 2007 elections would be the year the Duterte political dynasty – in its current version – was established. A few months after the father-daughter tandem was elected mayor, Rodrigo Duterte’s eldest son, Paolo Duterte, president of the barangay of Catalunan Grande, joined the city’s legislature.

Two of President Duterte’s sons hold positions in Davao City – Paolo is seeking re-election as the 1st District representative while Sebastian, the younger son, is the incumbent vice mayor running to replace Sara as mayor.

The Duterte dynasty in Mindanao has its roots in Sara’s grandfather and Rodrigo’s father, Vicente, who was governor of then unified Davao. The Dutertes also have relatives in Cebu province who have held public office or are seeking re-election in 2022.

But it is with the victory of Sara Duterte that the dynasty officially becomes national. President Duterte had wanted Sara to run for president – ​​his numbers were dominating, after all. But the younger Duterte, who has always been independent of her father, sought the second-highest position instead.

Sara and her flag bearer, Marcos, ran under the promise of “unity”. The tandem, for months, had no concrete platform, although Sara early on focused on three main priority areas: economic recovery after COVID-19, education and peace and l ‘order. She also promised to continue many of her father’s agendas, including infrastructure projects (many of which remain unfinished) and law enforcement.

Davao Mayor is set to assume the post of Presidential Bet and outgoing Vice President Leni Robredo, whose tenure in the Office of the Vice President (OVP) has included extensive engagement with the private sector and non-governmental organizations , especially in times of crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sara Duterte said during the campaign that she intended to set up satellite offices for the ÖVP throughout the country, so that Filipinos no longer needed to search for national officials in Manila.

President Duterte leaves behind a country still reeling from economic downturns caused by the pandemic, as well as lingering vulnerabilities in the country’s health system.

It is also essential that the old Duterte still has allies in government, whether political or filial. The president and his allies are facing an International Criminal Court investigation into extrajudicial deaths during both his tenure as president and his tenure as mayor of Davao. –

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