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Duterte's daughter rises as potential heir to strongman presidency

Philippine midterms put Sara Duterte among several women tipped to run in 2022

Sara Duterte, the mayor of Davao and daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, played an active role in boosting Senate candidates who support her father.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's strongman image helped his allies crush opponents in Monday's midterm elections, but the candidates also received a boost from a strong woman: his daughter, Sara.

Sara Duterte first rose to national prominence when she punched a sheriff for implementing a court order to demolish shanties in 2011. Now the mayor of Davao City -- a position her father held for more than two decades -- she has emerged as an influential politician in her own right.

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