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Next PH President? Sara Duterte a rising star – Arroyo

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has described presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte as a “rising star” in Philippine politics.

In an ambush interview in Tondo, Manila, Mrs. Arroyo said Mayor Duterte “has a big chance” of winning the presidency if ever decides to run in the 2022 elections.

“She’s a rising star in Philippine politics,” she said.

Arroyo added that historically children of presidents do rise just like in her case and former President Benigno Aquino III.

But just like Duterte, MArroyo stressed that it was better to not talk about the 2022 polls for now.

“Let’s take it one election at a time. Let’s make sure first the good people are elected now and let us talk about 2022 later on,” she said.

Last Tuesday in Vigan City, Duterte hinted that is she was not shutting the door on a possible presidential bid in 2022 although the situation remains uncertain at present. She has given herself until January 2021 to decide on the fate her political career.

During a stopover in Claveria, Cagayan, the Davao City Mayor admitted that she’s currently on a spiritual journey to give herself enough time to decide over her future political plans.

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