Duterte: Sara not eye­ing pres­i­dency

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

will ad­vise her to lay off. Pero I know In­day. Hindi iyan tatakbo ng pres­i­dente (You know, my daugh­ter, I will ad­vise her to lay off. But I know In­day. I know she won't run for pres­i­dent)," Duterte said dur­ing the cam­paign rally of his po­lit­i­cal party.

His state­ment came amid spec­u­la­tions that his daugh­ter is be­ing groomed to be his suc­ces­sor.

There have been claims that Duterte-Car­pio, who is seek­ing a re­elec­tion in Davao City in the May 13, 2019 elec­tions, or­ga­nized the ad­min­is­tra­tion-backed re­gional party Hug­pong ng Pag­babago to lay a ground­work for her po­ten­tial pres­i­den­tial bid.

How­ever, Duterte said his daugh­ter, whom he dubbed as "wise," was merely "shak­ing the tree."

Duterte added that he would not al­low her daugh­ter to be in a difficult sit­u­a­tion.

"Wise masyado 'yan si In­day. She just wants to shake the tree. Ga­nunin lang niya ba para maglabasan 'yung -- mahu­log 'yung mga hinog, 'yung hi­law mag-pai­wan (In­day is very wise. She just wants to shake the tree so the ripe ones fall while the raw ones stay)," he said.

"Shak­ing the tree and get­ting rid of the dry leaves and ev­ery­thing. Ako, ayaw kong paya­gan na... Kung ako, tanun­gin mo, hindi ako pa­payag na tatakbo (Me, I won't al­low her. If you ask me, I will not al­low her to run)," the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive added.

In Fe­bru­ary, DuterteCar­pio said she would make a de­ci­sion on a pos­si­ble bid for pres­i­dency by 2021.

She, how­ever, urged her sup­port­ers to stop call­ing her as the coun­try's "next pres­i­dent."

Duterte, who as­sumed pres­i­dency in 2016, said that be­ing the coun­try's leader only gives him mea­ger pay and in­sults and crit­i­cisms from his po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents.

"Alam mo, sa to­too lang (You know, frankly speak­ing), I apol­o­gize for say­ing this. It does not pay well sa pagod mo and the things that you have done, and the things that you have to endure be­cause you are there," he said.

"Maski anong klaseng in­sulto, anong paninira. Alam mo na­man 'yan, hindi 'yan to­too (You re­ceive in­sults, crit­i­cisms. But you know those are not true)," Duterte added. (Ruth Abbey Gita/ SunStar Philip­pines)

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