“It’s Sara-Go,” Duterte replied.
When asked to confirm what the president said, Ms. Duterte-Carpio’s spokesperson, Mayor Christina Garcia Frasco, told Reuters: “The extent of my knowledge is also what was reported in the local news. We have no comment on it. .”
ABS-CBN News said it had obtained permission from the broadcast journalist to use the video showing Duterte outside a Manila hotel where the candidate registration took place, and a transcript had also been provided.
In the same clip, Mr. Duterte was asked when his daughter would submit her candidacy for president, he said, “I really don’t know. I have no idea at all”.
When asked if he had allowed his daughter to run for president, he said: “Ah no, actually we don’t talk about politics as we never talk about politics. Duterte was quoted as saying.
Duterte, 76, said on Saturday that he was withdrawing from politics, a surprising move that fueled speculation that he was paving the way for a presidential administration by his daughter.
He was expected to run for the second job, a plan that most Filipinos oppose as a violation of the spirit of the constitution that puts a one-term limit on the president to stop abusing power.
Ms. Duterte-Carpio’s application for the mayoral election did little to dispel speculation that she had her eye on the presidency.
Political analysts were skeptical, noting that last-minute changes were still possible, as in 2015, when Mr. Duterte ran the presidential election at 11 a.m. and won by a huge margin, and Ms. Duterte-Carpio, they said, could do the same. .
Candidates have until October 8 to register, but withdrawals and substitutions are allowed until November 15, leaving room for last-minute changes.