Sara Duterte says she could run for president...in 2034

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 31) — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has responded to calls for her to run for president and said she could -- but her bid could be more than a decade away.

In a message sent to members of the media Sunday, Duterte said, "I understand where they are coming from, I too am anxious where we are going as a nation. I am always grateful that I have their trust and confidence. I am pleading to them to please allow me to run for President on 2034, if at that time there is something I can do to help the country. Thank you."

When asked why she preferred to run 12 years from now, the mayor said, "Dahil malayo pa at malaki ang chance makalimutan na nila ako sa 2034."

[Translation: Because it's still far away and there's a chance they could forget me in 2034.]

In a separate video message last week, Duterte cautioned the public against individuals who reportedly are soliciting money for her supposed bid for president. She said she has not endorsed this.

"Huwag po kayong maniwala. 'Wag po kayong magbigay. Ito ay scam o uri ng panloloko," she said, adding the money would only serve the personal interests of those behind the act.

[Translation: Do not believe this. Do not give money. This is merely a scam.]

Duterte's name was top-of-mind for people who recently were polled on who they would vote for president should the elections happen at the time of the survey. 

Earlier this month, President Rodrigo Duterte cautioned his daughter against running, saying being president is not a woman's job.