Sara Duterte-Carpio, the mayor of Davao City, is officially a contender for the vice-presidential election, which was announced on November 13, 2021, after months of speculation about her candidacy.

Mayor Duterte has topped presidential voter preference polls in recent months, but did not file for a national position during the allotted week of certificate of candidacy (COC) filing in October. Instead of seeking a higher office, she chose to once again run for mayor of Davao City, fulfilling a promise to finish her third and final term.

During the last few days of candidate substitution and withdrawal for the elections, the situation had rapidly changed. She joined the once-ruling party Lakas-CMD, led by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, after dropping out from the Mayoral race and resigning from her regional political party, Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP).

After dismissing reports of not running for top elective positions in agreement with their decision that “only one Duterte” should run for the post, it was later announced that Sara Duterte will replace another candidate who had withdrawn, Lyle Uy, who was the original vice presidential candidate of Lakas-CMD.

The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), the political party of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., has adopted and approved Mayor Sara as his running partner for the upcoming 2022 elections, just days after Sara declared her vice-presidential candidacy.

Following these events, President Rodrigo Duterte announced his candidacy for Vice President, placing him against his daughter in the vice-presidential election.

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, who is running for president, accompanied President Duterte in substituting a senatorial candidate of Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS), putting an end to rumors that he will run for vice president against his daughter.

President Duterte announced his retirement from politics earlier this year. Malacanang then altered this, stating that he was considering running for senator in 2022.

The official list of candidates for the upcoming May elections will be approved by the Commission on Elections in December while the voters already have a glimpse of the candidates who will be running. But for now, voters can take the opportunity to learn more about the candidates and their plans, especially as the campaign season approaches. Isaiah Salalila

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