Sara Duterte


May 21, 2022

Sara Zimmerman Duterte-Carpio, known as Inday Sara, born May 31, 1978 in Davao (Philippines), is a Filipino stateswoman. Daughter of Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines from 2016 to 2022, she succeeded him as mayor of Davao from 2010 to 2013 and from 2016 to 2022, after having been vice-mayor from 2007 to 2010 alongside her father. She was elected Vice President of the Philippines as Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s running mate in the 2022 elections.


Origins and Studies

She is the daughter of Rodrigo Duterte, 16th President of the Philippines, and Elizabeth Zimmerman, a flight attendant. The couple divorced in 2000 but remained on good terms. From her youth, Sara Duterte developed a strong and independent character. She is close to her father, who considers her his favorite child, placing great value on her education, just like her brothers. She studies at San Pedro College, specializing in Respiratory Therapy. She obtained her diploma in 1999. During her first speech as mayor of Davao, she confided a posteriori that she initially wanted to become a pediatrician rather than a politician. In May 2005, she graduated in law from San Sebastian de Recoletos College. In 2006, she became a lawyer. She is also a reserve officer in the Armed Forces of the Philippines with the rank of colonel.

Political career

Mayor of Davao

Sara Duterte-Carpio is the first woman to become mayor of Davao and the youngest person elected to this post. She was mayor from 2010 to 2013, having been vice-mayor from 2007 alongside her father Rodrigo Duterte. In the 2010 election, she defeated Prospero Nograles, her father's political rival and Speaker of the House of Representatives, with a lead of 200,000 votes. The latter questioned the results and lodged a complaint with the electoral commission in Manila, claiming that there had been a plot by local electoral officials. As of 2014, she is one of nine elected governors of the Philippine Red Cross. In October 2015, she shaved her head to convince her father to run for the 2016 Philippine presidential election, despite his reluctance due to a lack of financial and political means to campaign. He ended up running and becoming president, while his daughter, a candidate for re-election, was reappointed in 2016 as mayor of Davao. Two years into his term, President Rodrigo Duterte says he wants his daughter to succeed him. Shortly after, Sara Duterte launched the “Tapang à Malasakit” movement (in French: “Courage et Compassion”), bringing together supporters and allies of the Duterte dynasty. Although she denies any connection with a potential national campaign, commentators believe that it is a way for her to establish her political position in view of future elections and to rally personalities like the senator Antonio Trillanes (en),,. In 2018, she announced that she would run for mayor of Davao. She indicates that she does not intend to leave her municipal functions to run for a national post, as her father had done before being a candidate in the 2016 presidential election. However, many political commentators evoke preparations for a candidacy for the Senate, or even for the presidency of the country.

2022 Presidential and Vice-Presidential Elections

On July 9, 2021, Sara Duterte declared her interest in the presidential election of 2022, specifying that her decision was not, however, stopped. On September 9, she thus indicated that she would not be a candidate for the presidency since her father, President Duterte, could stand for the post of vice-president. The two have indeed conve