President Rodrigo Duterte is “honored” to have his daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, nominated to run for vice president, she told CNN en Español. (Duterte-Carpio is the second of Duterte’s four children to run for public office in the Philippines.) “Thank you to my father for pushing me forward,” she said. Sara Duterte-Carpio has the support of her father and his first lady, Leni Robredo, while Arsenio Balisacan, a vice president, dropped out of the race in the south of the country. Duterte-Carpio is the first member of the family to seek public office since her father was elected in 2016.
Those who know Sara Duterte-Carpio say she “stands by her father’s aggressive, ruthless brand of governance,” the Washington Post reports. The CNN reports that she was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2013.
In many ways, Sara Duterte-Carpio will continue what her father has begun, a shift away from the democratic principles that have been the source of contention in the Philippines for centuries. Her sister, Paquito, previously ran for congress, winning less than 5 percent of the vote. President Duterte has been criticized for ordering police to kill drug dealers, as well as supporting “death squads” that target supposed criminals. He recently launched an offensive to rid Philippine streets of nanny-stateism, abolishing the country’s murder penalty, and signing a controversial law that gives women the right to end their own pregnancies.
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