Sara Duterte

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Sara Duterte in 2018

Sara Zimmerman Duterte-Carpio (born 31 May 1978) is a lawyer and politician. She was elected vice president of the Philippines in the 2022 elections.[1] Duterte-Carpio was inaugurated on 19 June 2022, but will assume the vice presidency on 30 June 2022, per the Consitution.[2]

On 11 May 2022, two days after the elections, president-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. announced that Duterte-Carpio agreed to join his cabinet as the secretary of the Department of Education.[3]

She is the current mayor of Davao City. She previously held the position from 2010 to 2013.[4] Prior to her mayoralty, she was the vice mayor of the city from 2007 to 2010. She is a daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Early life and education

Sara Zimmerman Duterte-Carpio was born on 31 May 1978 in Davao City to Rodrigo Duterte and Elizabeth Zimmerman. She is the second child of the former couple.

She received a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy from San Pedro College in 1999. Originally wanting to become a pediatrician, she later studied law at San Sebastian College-Recoletos, graduating in 2005.[5] She passed the bar examination in 2006.[6]

Political career

City Mayor of Davao

Duterte-Carpio was elected mayor of Davao City in 2010 after serving as the city’s vice mayor from 2007 to 2010, beating her family's political rival then-House Speaker Prospero Nograles. Her father, Rodrigo Duterte, who was the city’s previous mayor for several terms, became the vice mayor then. After her father’s mayoral term from 2013 to 2016, Duterte was reelected mayor in 2016 and again in 2019. She is the city's first female mayor and the youngest to have been elected to the position in the political history of Davao City.

In 2013, Duterte-Carpio decided not to seek re-election to give way to her father. She also turned down her father's offer to run as representative of Davao City's 1st district. Her first term as mayor of Davao City ended on 30 June 2013.

In 2016, Duterte-Carpio ran again for the mayoralty post for Davao City in the 2016 elections and won the position conclusively, succeeding her father—who won the presidency—for the second time. She had her older brother Paolo and later Bernard Al-ag as her vice mayor.

National attention

Duterte-Carpio was thrust into the limelight in 2011 when she punched Abe Andres, a Davao City Regional Trial Court sheriff, over the demolition of shanties in Barangay Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Sr., Agdao, Davao City. She had earlier asked the court and the demolition team to delay the demolition but Andres refused, making her furious. Duterte claimed that she lost her temper because a riot that ensued during the demolition could have been avoided if Andres had heeded her request for a delay. A year after the incident, she publicly apologized to Andres and his family.

Duterte-Carpio gain public attention again in 2015 when she shaved her head to convince her father to run for president in the 2016 Philippine presidential elections, despite the latter's reluctance due to lack of campaign funds and political machinery.

Joining the vice presidential race

President Rodrigo Duterte said in 2018 that he wanted her daughter to succeed him as president. Posters from other supporters were sighted urging Duterte-Carpio to run for president in 2022;[7] however, she insisted that she had no such plans to run for national position particularly if his father intends to run as vice president. On 16 September, she said she would be seeking reelection as mayor of Davao City in 2022.[8]

However, speculations on her real plans regarding the 2022 elections became ripe when on 9 November 2021, Duterte-Carpio withdrew her candidacy for the Davao City mayoralty.[9] This was after her brother Sebastian Duterte, Davao City's incumbent vice mayor, announced that he would be withdrawing his reelection bid. In Sara Duterte's Facebook post where she announced her withdrawal, she revealed that her brother would be substituting for her in the mayoralty race. Melchor Quitain Jr., a close associate of the Dutertes, was said to be substituting for Sebastian Duterte.

On 11 November, Sara Duterte flew to the luxurious Balesin Island Club in Polillo, Quezon to attend the birthday party of House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, a political ally of President Rodrigo Duterte.[10] It had been rumored for days prior that Sara Duterte would be meeting former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the exclusive resort to discuss the Davao City mayor's plans for the 2022 elections, including Duterte's possible joining of Arroyo's Lakas-CMD and serving as the party's standard-bearer.[11] Via a spokesperson, Arroyo denied she would be attending the gathering on Balesin island. Later that day, it was announced that Duterte had tendered her resignation from Hugpong ng Pagbabago, the party she founded in 2018 to support her father's government and its allies.[12]

From Balesin Island Club, Duterte traveled to the Revilla Farm in Silang, Cavite on the same day to attend the wedding of Gianna Revilla, a daughter of Senator Bong Revilla, Lakas-CMD's chairman.[13] Ferdinand Marcos Jr., a candidate in the 2022 presidential elections, was present too in the event. After the wedding, Duterte took oath as a member of Lakas-CMD, with Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, the party's president, officiating the ceremony. Romualdez did not divulge what position Duterte was running for.

On 13 November, two days before the deadline of filing for substitution of candidates, Sara Duterte officially joined the vice presidential race as a candidate of Lakas-CMD. Her representative, Atty. Charo Munsayac, filed her candidacy on her behalf. Duterte substituted for the party's original bet, Lyle Uy.

Duterte's candidacy for the presidency would have had her pitted against her father's former aide, Senator Bong Go, but Go withdrew his candidacy on the same day as Duterte's filing of her candidacy and filed his candidacy for the presidency.[14] Go is running under Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS), an allied party of Duterte's PDP-Laban.

Personal life

Duterte married lawyer Manases “Mans” R. Carpio in 2007. They have three children, one of whom is adopted. Manases is a nephew of former ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio.



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