Presidential aspirants react to Sara Duterte's possible national run

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10, 2021) — Presidential aspirants in the 2022 elections gave their two cents on the possibility of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte running for a national post after she withdrew her candidacy for reelection on Tuesday.

The camp of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., through his spokesperson Vic Rodriguez, urged the public to wait for the presidential daughter's decision, as any comment regarding the matter would be "very inappropriate."

“Bongbong says such an idea deserves respect and any comment for or against it is very inappropriate. In the meantime, let’s just all wait for what her decision would be,” Rodriguez said in a statement on Wednesday.

This comes after speculations about a Marcos-Duterte tandem taking shape ahead of the Nov. 15 deadline for substitution of political candidates.

In an interview with reporters, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno shrugged off Mayor Duterte's rumored national bid.

"Wala naman akong pakialam sa kung ano ang gusto nilang gawin sa pulitika nila....wala naman kami doon. Hindi naman kami kasali sa kanilang pulitika, buhay nila iyon," Moreno said.

[Translation: We don't really care whatever they want to do with their politics. We are not part of their group. We are not part of their politics, it’s their life.]

In a tweet, labor leader Ka Leody de Guzman dared Mayor Duterte to run, so that the public can further show their contempt for his father's "failed" governance.

Sen. Manny Pacquiao, who leads the faction of PDP-Laban not allied with the President, said he was surprised by the presidential daughter's withdrawal of her reelection bid but wished her well on her future plans.

“I’m surprised by her decision but whatever plans that she has in the future, I wish her well,” the boxer-turned-politician said on Tuesday.

Before Mayor Duterte announced her withdrawal on Tuesday afternoon, Vice President Leni Robredo said the political plans of Duterte's children would not affect her bid for the country's top post.

"As far as our ticket is concerned, I don't think it will affect us at all. If at all when that happens, the lines will be clearer," she said, when asked for a reaction to a scenario where Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte would substitute for his sister, who might then run for a national post.

On Tuesday morning, the younger Duterte pulled out of the vice mayoralty race and will be replaced by Atty. Melchor Quitain, Jr. His sister followed suit and withdrew her candidacy for mayor hours later.

Mayor Duterte has not yet disclosed her next plans, but her ally Albay Rep. Joey Salceda said in an interview that she will likely aim for the presidency, as a vice-presidential bid is supposedly "not an option" for her.

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