It’s not unusual for Duterte and Sara to support opposing viewpoints.
President Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter Sara Duterte, the mayor of Davao City and a vice presidential candidate, are expected to support different candidates in the May 2022 elections, according to Malacanang.
Sara asked her supporters in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, to protect her running mate, presidential aspirant, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., according to Cabinet Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles.
Sara is a candidate for vice president in the Lakas–Christian Muslim Democrats–campaign (Lakas-CMD).
Sara’s candidacy for Marcos’ running mate in next year’s elections has been endorsed by Marcos’ political party, the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP).
Duterte had previously rejected the Lakas-CMD alliance, claiming that he couldn’t support Marcos, whom he described as a “weak leader.”
Nograles, on the other hand, claimed that there is no growing rift between the father and daughter, despite the fact that they were members of opposing political parties.
“As with any other political party, mayroong mga common candidates at mayroong mga candidates na sinusuportahan for other positions ang either party,” he said.
“So, in a political exercise like the elections, it’s normal po na magkaroon ng ganiyan, pagkakaiba ng sinusuportahang mga kandidato (It’s normal to have different candidates to support in a political exercise like the elections),” he added.
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, a long-time aide to Duterte, is running for president under the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS), an allied party of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
He has repeatedly defended Go’s ability to lead the country, describing him as a “bright” individual.
Sara’s decision to run for vice president under Lakas-CMD, despite being the top presidential candidate in previous pre-election polls, has been questioned by Duterte.
Sara previously stated that Lakas-CMD attempted to enlist the support of PDP-Laban for a Marcos-Sara ticket, but that this was turned down.