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Sara Duterte Says to Keep Living in Davao City During Vice Presidency

Dividing her time between Davao and Manila.
by Erwin Colcol
Jun 20, 2022
Photo/s: Presidential Photo

Vice president-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio on Monday said she would still reside in Davao City when she formally assumes her new post, adding that she will stay in Metro Manila as long as it is needed to perform her duties.

Duterte-Carpio, who took her oath as the next vice president on Sunday, said she would divide her time between Metro Manila and Davao City, but it doesn't necessarily mean she would always fly back to her hometown every weekend.

"Depende sa kailangan at demands ng activities and ng trabaho. But yes I will be living in Davao City but working in Metro Manila," she told reporters in an interview.

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As Davao City mayor, Duterte-Carpio said her office makes a weekly scheduling of her activities, wherein her activities will be scheduled a week in advance.

"One week ahead lagi yung planning namin sa schedule. Posibleng ganun din ang mangyayari. Malalaman ko ang schedule ko for next week this week," she said.


Duterte-Carpio participated in Monday's flag raising ceremony at the Davao City hall, where she thanked her colleagues for their service over the past six years of her term as mayor. Her brother, Sebastian, will take over her post come June 30.

"As mayor, dapat lagi niya isapuso ang general welfare clause ng Local Government Code. And there will always be many issues and challenges na hindi magiging masaya lahat ng tao," Duterte-Carpio said of her brother.

"But kung gagawin lang niya at susundan lang niya ang general welfare clause or yung general welfare ng karamihan, ng majority, then he will always be on the right track," she added.

Asked if she gets advice from her father, outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, Duterte-Carpio said they don't usually talk about work or politics.

"Kapag nagkikita, usually ang pinag-uusapan namin mga chismis sa family members, mga ganyan, mga chismis sa paligid. Very normal yung relationship namin ni PRRD, hindi siya professional or business-like," she said.

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How about from political advisers? Duterte-Carpio said that while she welcomes the input of politicians, she always bases her decisions on her "gut feel."

"I don't really follow one specific person with regards to politics. Pinapakinggan ko lahat and then I decide based on my gut feel," she said.

Duterte-Carpio will be in Manila on June 30 for the inauguration of her running mate, president-elect Bongbong Marcos, at the National Museum, but no other member of her family is confirmed to join her so far.

"So far, ako lang yung confirmed na mag-attend ng inauguration ni President Marcos," she added.

Aside from being the vice president, Duterte-Carpio will also assume the leadership at the Department of Education, where she plans to resume full face-to-face classes by August.


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