Sarah Duterte running for Vice President

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.

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.

Former Presidential Commission on Good Government acting chair Reynold Munsayac files Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s COC for Vice-President under LAKAS-CMD on November 13, 2021 at the Comelec HQ in Manila. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News
Former Presidential Commission on Good Government acting chair Reynold Munsayac files Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s COC for Vice-President under LAKAS-CMD on November 13, 2021 at the Comelec HQ in Manila. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

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.