In his opinion, the leader who is notorious known for comments often deemed offensive, sexist and misogynistic, said women can’t be president because of their emotional differences to men, and dismissed speculation his daughter would succeed him next year.
“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.
Daughter of the president, Sara Duterte-Carpio, 42, who succeeded him as mayor of Davao City, responded to Duterte’s remarks.
Duterte-Carpio on Thursday told Reuters she had informed her father she did not intend to run and would not be a late entry as he was six years ago.
“I am not being coy nor am I doing a ‘last-minute’,” Duterte-Carpio 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.”
She is no stranger to presidential duties, serving as first lady because of her father’s annulled marriage.