Sara Duterte says she won't run for president after her father officially accepts VP nomination

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 9) — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Thursday categorically stated that she is not running for president in next year's elections after her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, officially declared he is gunning the vice presidency.

"I am not running for a national position as we both agreed only one of us will run for a national position in 2022," she said in an interview.

Duterte on Wednesday accepted the endorsement of a faction within the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to be its vice presidential candidate, with Sen. Bong Go as the party's standard bearer, in the 2022 polls.

President Duterte previously said he will step aside if his daughter, a frontrunner in most election surveys, decides to run.

Despite these pronouncements, certificates of candidacy have not yet been filed with the Commission on Elections. The filing will begin in October.

Sara previously appealed to her father and Go to "stop talking about" her in their political plans.

She claimed, however, that her relationship with her father is not affected by politics.

The constitutionality of Duterte's vice presidential bid has been the subject of debate, with critics pointing out that Article 7, Section 4 of the 1987 Constitution states "The President shall not be eligible for any reelection." Malacañang argued, however, that Duterte is not running for the same office.

Replying to questions from CNN Philippines, former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban said while the Constitution does not expressly prohibit Duterte from seeking the post, "the intent of the Constitution should be used in interpreting the ambiguous parts thereof."

“It is difficult to predict what the present justices of the Supreme Court would do if the question is presented to them in a petition that complies with the requisites of justiciability," Panganiban said. "However, their recent decisions show that a majority of them belong to the textualist school," which means they are of the opinion Duterte can run for vice president, he added.