“My daughter is not running. I have told Inday not to run because I pity (her) knowing she will have to go through what I am going through,” Duterte said at the launch of a highway project on Thursday, referring to his daughter Sara by her nickname.
“This is not for women. You know, the emotional setup of a woman and a man is totally different. You will become a fool here. So… that is the sad story.”
The Philippines has had two female presidents; Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Corazon Aquino.
His daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, 42, who succeeded him as mayor of Davao City, later responded to the remarks.
Duterte-Carpio told Reuters she would not be running for the office of the president.
“I am not being coy nor am I doing a ‘last-minute’,” Duterte-Carpio was quoted to have said in a text message.
“If the whole country does not want to believe (this) then I can’t do anything about it. Not everyone wants to be president. I am one of them.”
She added: “I thank all of them for their trust and confidence in what I can do but my refusal to run for president is not the end of the world.”
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