Sara Duterte runs for vice president in 2022 as substitute

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 13)— Davao City Mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte is officially running for vice president in the 2022 elections.

Duterte — through her representative Atty. Charo Munsayac — filed her candidacy Saturday as the substitute bet of Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats or Lakas-CMD.

This comes after the party's initial candidate Lyle Uy withdrew his bid.

On the same day, the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas announced it would be adopting Duterte as the running mate of presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr.

Duterte has yet to issue a statement on whether she would be accepting the endorsement. Lakas-CMD, for its part, said it is "in the process of formalizing the adoption" of a standard bearer for the Davao City mayor.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez had said candidates from different political parties can campaign and endorse one another.

"Yes they can. That is not prohibited by law," he said in a tweet.

Comelec allows the substitution of candidates until Nov. 15. Under the Comelec's rules, substitution is accepted if a candidate dies, withdraws, or is disqualified by the poll body.

Road to national bid

It had been a jam-packed week for Duterte just so she can run for vice president in the 2022 polls. On Wednesday, she withdrew her candidacy for reelection, with her brother Sebastian also backing out of the vice mayoralty race so their clan can stay in the top local race. The next day, she resigned from regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago to Lakas-CMD since only members of a national party can vie for a national position.

She will be going up against vice presidential aspirants that include her father's close ally, Senator Bong Go, Senate President Tito Sotto, Senator Kiko Pangilinan, former congressman Walden Bello, and Dr. Willie Ong, among others.

Duterte became Davao City's first female local chief executive in 2010. In 2015, she ran for mayor again as a substitute candidate after her father withdrew his reelection bid to run for president in 2016. Like her father, she trained as a lawyer prior to entering politics.