The daughter of the Philippine president announced Monday that she is running for vice president as a member of the ruling party.
Rosalynn Duterte said her candidacy was not driven by any personal revenge against her father, who has been accused of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings.
“For me it’s not revenge, it’s opportunity,” she said in her announcement. “The first place I would like to put my feet on would be those of our democracy martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for our human rights.”
Last week, American rapper Camila Cabello stunned the Philippines by announcing that she would be running for vice president on the opposition party’s ticket. The 17-year-old “Havana” singer attended President Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration last year and sang the national anthem before he was sworn in.
Her father’s one-year record as president has been marked by poverty, disease and increasing drug use. Yet, Duterte has maintained that he deserves another term because his policies have helped the nation.
“You are not going to change [some people’s] mindset unless you force them to change their thinking,” he said in an interview. “I think that if you don’t force a thought, it’s not a thought.”
Filipinos will vote to pick Duterte’s successor on May 9, 2021.