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As Rodrigo Duterte's presidential term enters its final year, many Filipinos see his daughter Sara as his logical successor.   © Nikkei montage/Source photos by Getty Images
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Duterte's daughter Sara in focus as his presidency winds down

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CLIFF VENZON, Nikkei staff writer | Philippines

MANILA -- "Run, Sara, Run" has become a popular campaign slogan to persuade President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter to succeed him in next year's election, but she is pleading with her many supporters not to use it. At least for now.

Sara Duterte's purported reluctance is not reflected in the polls, and skeptics are quick to remind that her father also played coy prior to 2016 elections. Duterte initially ran for re-election as mayor of Davao City, allowing the clamor for him to shoot for the presidency to mount.

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