The daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has filed her candidacy for the vice presidency, her spokeswoman said, ending months of speculation about her 2022 election plans.
Sara Duterte-Carpio, 43, entered the vice presidential race by way of substitution after her political party’s original candidate withdrew, her spokeswoman, Mayor Christina Garcia- Frasco said in a statement on Saturday.
“This is to confirm that Mayor Inday Sara Duterte through her representative, has filed her Certificate of Candidacy for Vice President under Lakas-CMD [party],” she said on Facebook.
Shortly after her candidacy papers were filed by a representative, the political party of Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son and namesake of the late Philippine strongman who has registered to run for president, adopted Duterte-Carpio as its vice-presidential choice.
Garcia-Frasco said Duterte-Carpio would be releasing a statement shortly.
Duterte-Carpio’s decision to seek the country’s number two job came as a surprise as she has led opinion polls throughout this year as the preferred presidential candidate.
“It was a surprise,” Antonio La Vina, professor of law and politics at the Ateneo de Manila University told the Reuters news agency.
“Next surprise is VP for whom.”