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Sara Duterte

Sara Duterte
Sara Duterte-Carpio in June 2019 (cropped).jpg
Duterte in June 2019
Mayor of Davao City
In office
June 30, 2016 – March 17, 2022
Vice MayorPaolo Duterte (2016–2018)
Bernard Al-ag (acting, 2018–2019)
Sebastian Duterte (2019–2022)
Preceded byRodrigo Duterte
Succeeded bySebastian Duterte (Acting)
In office
June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2013
Vice MayorRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byRodrigo Duterte
Succeeded byRodrigo Duterte
Vice Mayor of Davao City
In office
June 30, 2007 – June 30, 2010
MayorRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byLuis Bonguyan
Succeeded byRodrigo Duterte
Personal details
Sara Zimmerman Duterte

(1978-05-31) May 31, 1978 (age 43)
Davao City, Philippines
Political partyLakas–CMD (2021–present)
Hugpong ng Pagbabago (2018–2021; 2021–present)
Other political
Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod (2007–2016)
Manases Carpio
(m. 2007)
RelationsPaolo Duterte (brother)
Sebastian Duterte (brother)
Veronica Duterte (half-sister)
Vicente Duterte (grandfather)
Soledad Duterte (grandmother)
Parent(s)Rodrigo Duterte
Elizabeth Zimmerman
Alma materSan Pedro College (BS)
San Beda University
San Sebastian College – Recoletos (LL.B.)
Military service
Allegiance Philippines
Branch/servicePhilippine Army
Years of service2020–present
RankPHIL ARMY COL FD-Sh.svg Colonel

Sara Zimmerman Duterte-Carpio (Tagalog pronunciation: [dʊˈtɛɾtɛ ˈkaɾpjo]; May 31, 1978), commonly known as Inday Sara, is a Filipina lawyer and politician who served as the mayor of Davao City from 2010 to 2013 and from 2016 to 2022. She also served as the vice mayor of Davao City from 2007 to 2010. She is the daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Early life and education

Sara Zimmerman Duterte was born in Davao City on May 31, 1978, the second child to then-lawyer later president Rodrigo Duterte and flight attendant Elizabeth Zimmerman.

Since her youth, Duterte has had a fierce and independent character, leading to a "love–hate relationship" with her father when she was a student due to her disapproval for his womanizing tendencies and late night habits. Despite this, Rodrigo considered Sara to be his favorite child, and placed high value on the education she and her brothers received.

Duterte attended San Pedro College, majoring in BS Respiratory Therapy, and graduated in 1999; in her inaugural speech as mayor of Davao City, Duterte said she originally wanted to be a pediatrician instead of a politician. She later took up a law degree at the San Sebastian College – Recoletos and graduated in May 2005.

In 2005, Duterte passed the Philippine Bar Examination. She then worked for a few months as a court attorney at the office of Supreme Court Associate Justice Romeo Callejo Sr.

She is a reserve officer in the Armed Forces of the Philippines with the rank of colonel.

Political career

Vice mayor of Davao City (2007–2010)

Duterte being interviewed by ABS-CBN News on March 12, 2009, when she was still vice mayor.

Duterte was elected vice mayor of Davao City in 2007, succeeding Luis Bonguyan. She served under her father, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, for one term until 2010.

Mayor of Davao City (2010–2013)

Duterte was elected mayor of Davao City in 2010, successfully switching roles with her father Rodrigo Duterte as mayor and vice-mayor, respectively. She became the city's first female mayor and the youngest to have been elected to the position in the political history of Davao City. Vowing to be "useful and to serve the country at all times", she assumed the post that her father Rodrigo held for over 20 years. The Dutertes have supported political dynasties in the Philippines, stating that their nearly four decades of uncontested rule in Davao as a product of "democratic" process. She won over House Speaker Prospero Nograles, her father's political rival, in a lead of 200,000 votes in the 2010 elections. Nograles earlier filed a protest at the Commission on Elections in Manila questioning the results, stating that there was a conspiracy of local poll officials.

On July 1, 2011, Duterte gained national attention 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. On July 11, Sheriffs Confederation of the Philippines Inc. filed a complaint against Duterte in connection to the incident. On June 28, 2012, almost a year after the incident, she publicly apologized to Andres and his family.

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

Political hiatus

Duterte was also one of the nine elected governors of the Philippine Red Cross in 2014.

In October 2015, she shaved her head to convince her father to run for president in the 2016 Philippine presidential elections, despite the latter's reticence due to lack of campaign funds and political machinery.

Mayor of Davao City, second term (2016–present)

President Rodrigo Duterte performs a duet with his daughter Sara on June 24, 2019.

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

On October 23, 2017, Sara Duterte launched the "Tapang at Malasakit" (lit.'Courage and Compassion') movement composed of Duterte supporters and allies.

On February 23, 2018, she launched a new regional party called Hugpong ng Pagbabago. The party was later approved on July 4, 2018, ahead of the 2019 midterm elections.

On October 18, 2018, she filed her candidacy to seek reelection as mayor of Davao City. She said in interview that she does not intend to withdraw her certificate of candidacy as city mayor and request for a substitution to run for a national post, as her father had done in the 2016 presidential elections. However, many political commentators saw her as President Duterte's successor, referring to her role as a powerbroker in the midterms.

2022 vice presidential campaign

On July 9, 2021, Duterte stated that she was open to running for presidet However, she had not yet made any final decision. On September 9, 2021, Duterte stated that she would not be running for president since her father, President Duterte, was running for vice president, and they agreed that only one of them would run for a national position. Since President Duterte did not file his candidacy for vice president, Duterte filed her candidacy for re-election on October 2, 2021.

On November 9, 2021, Duterte withdrew her candidacy for reelection as Davao City mayor. Her brother Sebastian, incumbent vice mayor of Davao City, will run in her stead. On November 11, she resigned from Hugpong ng Pagbabago and subsequently joined Lakas–CMD. She joined Lakas while in Silang, Cavite, where she attended the wedding of Gianna Revilla-Patricio, the daughter of party chairman and Senator Bong Revilla, as one of the wedding sponsors. On November 13, she filed her candidacy for vice president, substituting Lyle Uy, who withdrew from the race. According to Duterte, she joined the vice presidential race in order to meet her supporters halfway, who had wanted her to run for the presidency. She was then adopted and endorsed by Partido Federal ng Pilipinas as their vice presidential candidate, making her the running mate of its presidential nominee former senator Bongbong Marcos, and by the People's Reform Party. On November 17, she was named as the chairperson of Lakas, succeeding Bong Revilla. On November 19, she re-joined Hugpong ng Pagbabago and was named as its chairperson once again.

Personal life

Duterte with her father and son Marko Digong (nicknamed "Stonefish")

Duterte has been married since October 27, 2007, to her fellow lawyer Manases "Mans" R. Carpio, whom she met while she was attending San Beda University. They have three children: an adopted daughter, Mikhaila María, nicknamed "Sharky", and two sons, Mateo Lucas, nicknamed "Stingray", and Marko Digong, nicknamed "Stonefish". Manases, a nephew of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, is a legal counsel for Lapanday Foods Corporation.

On March 10, 2022, she talked about her sexuality in a meet-and-greet with supporters. She said that she was part of the LGBT community, with her gender expression being male and sexuality being female.

On April 18, 2016, in connection with the rape remark made by her father Rodrigo on one of his presidential candidacy campaigns, Duterte took to her Instagram account to admit that she was once a rape victim. However, Rodrigo Duterte dismissed his daughter's admission and referred to her as a "drama queen".

See also

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