Is Sara Duterte-Carpio Presidentiable?

President Rodrigo Duterte has recently expressed his disapproval of daughter and re-elected Davao City Mayor Sara “Inday” Duterte-Carpio’s hypothetical run in the 2022 Presidential elections. He claims that Inday must endure the struggles and criticisms of being the leader of the nation and he cannot see his daughter suffer. Instead, he insists she continue serving Davao instead of assuming a national position.

However, just last year, Digong said he wanted Inday to assume the highest position of the land if he would be unable to finish his term. Sara herself expressed her lack of interest in running for the position but will possibly arrive at a decision by 2021.

Now we may ponder if Sara Duterte is a potential successor of her father’s national position. Here are several points to consider.

Laying her credentials on the table, she earned her law degree from the San Beda College of Law. She also owns a law firm with her lawyer husband Manases Carpio, but is on leave as she has mayoral duties to fulfill.

There is also no denying that she is a strong-willed woman who takes action. She has established the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago regional political party and even Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo highlights how people in Davao find Sara to be “stricter” than her father.

Who could forget about the time she made headlines in 2011? She was videotaped punching a police officer three times when her request to delay a demolition operation of informal settlers was not granted. She was the mayor at the time, with her father as vice-mayor who even commended her for it. Since then she was known to be the tenacious Mayor of Davao. This perhaps may be the reason why she has plenty of supporters nationwide.

However, I do think it is inappropriate to assault a police officer especially, especially if you’re in a position of power such as Mayor of Davao City. As a public figure, there is a decorum that should be exhibited.

A President is a leader. Leaders are role models to the entire nation. What example would people follow if there is no order kept even in the set of leaders we have?

In my perspective, despite being a re-elected Mayor of Davao, she still has a lot to learn as it is different from national office, let alone the highest position there is. Just like her father, she might struggle to transition from a mayoral position to the presidency because of the complexity of national problems.

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