MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said he has discouraged his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio from running for president or any national post as the job comes with a lot of "suffering."
"I am discouraging my daughter to run for any national office. Maawa kasi ako (I would just pity her)," Duterte told his decades-long friend Pastor Apollo Quiboloy in a televised interview at dawn Saturday.
"It's an entitlement of honor pero sabihin ko kay Inday at Polong, it doesn't pay," he said, referring to Duterte Carpio by her nickname, and his son Paolo Duterte, who won as Davao City representative in the May elections.
"'Wag, 'Day. Magdusa ka. I have to swallow 'yung mga ginagawa sa inyo (Don't, 'Day. You will suffer. I have to swallow what has been done to you)," he said, referring to criticism his family has received after he rose to the presidency in 2016.
Duterte-Carpio, who was just reelected Davao City Mayor, has "shown her mettle" as local chief executive and could do more for Davao City, said the president who served as the city's mayor for nearly 3 decades.
"Ayoko. Dito ka lang sa Davao, kailangan ka ng tao (I don't want that. You stay in Davao, the people need you)," he said, reiterating his opposition to talk that Duterte-Carpio would be a strong candidate in the 2022 presidential elections.
This was not the first time the President said he was not in favor of his daughter possibly seeking the presidency.
Several politicians earlier said they would be willing to back Duterte-Carpio should she wish to join the 2022 presidential race.
Analysts said Duterte-Carpio, despite occupying a local post, is an influential figure in national politics as 7 of the 13 candidates endorsed by her regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago won Senate seats in the recent elections.
Last year, she was instrumental in the ouster of Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as House Speaker hours before the President delivered his third State of the Nation Address.
Duterte-Carpio earlier said she was not thinking about the presidency. Her father made similar pronouncements in 2016, months before he filed his certificate of candidacy for president at the last minute.