MANILA (UPDATE) — The waiting game is over: Sara Duterte-Carpio is running for vice president in 2022.
Duterte-Carpio on Saturday substituted Lakas-CMD “placeholder” bet Lyle Uy, filing papers through her authorized representative, former Presidential Commission on Good Government acting chair Reynold Munsayac.
BREAKING: Sara Duterte files candidacy for VICE PRESIDENT following withdrawal of Lakas-CMD bet Lyle Uy. pic.twitter.com/yZCakDrYo5— J.E. Villaruel (@jauhnetienne) November 13, 2021
Her filing ended speculation on whether or not she would run for a national post, including as successor of her father President Rodrigo Duterte, after withdrawing her reelection bid as Davao City mayor.
It was a whirlwind week for the president’s daughter.
On Tuesday, she dropped her reelection bid for Davao City mayor; on Wednesday, she resigned from Hugpong ng Pagbabago, the regional party she founded in 2018; and on Thursday, she joined Lakas-CMD, the political party of powerful ally Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Despite her initial reluctance and eventual refusal to join the presidential race, speculation never stopped that Duterte-Carpio would pull off the same political stunt her father did in 2015: belatedly run via substitution.