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Sara Duterte may succeed father in 2022 polls if she runs for president of the Philippines

Davao City mayor steered seven-party coalition to victory in this week's elections

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If an election for the Philippine president were held today, Mr Rodrigo Duterte's daughter and political heir would likely top the race.

Ms Sara Duterte-Carpio, mayor of the Duterte family stronghold of Davao City, successfully steered a loose coalition of seven political parties allied with her father to a landslide victory in the closely watched Senate race in this week's midterm elections.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2019, with the headline Sara Duterte may succeed father in 2022 polls if she runs for president of the Philippines. Subscribe