Philippines’ Duterte Says Presidency Has No Job For Woman By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives to attend the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito of Japan in Tokyo

By Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte declared on Thursday that the presidency was not a job for a woman due to her emotional differences with men, and dismissed speculation that his daughter would succeed him next year. “My daughter is not running. I have told Inday not to run because I feel sorry for her knowing that she will have to go through what I’m going through,” Duterte said at the launch of a road project, referring to her 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’s the sad story.” The Philippines has had two female presidents, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from 2001 to 2010 and Corazón Aquino from 1986 to 1992. Duterte, 75, is known for comments that are often considered offensive, sexist and misogynistic, but his office often qualifies his comments. harmless jokes. It is still very popular with Philippine voters. Davao’s daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, 42, who succeeded him as mayor of the city of Davao, ranked first in a recent opinion poll that asked the public to choose a preferred candidate from a list of potential contenders for the election. 2022. Two other women, Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Grace Poe, were hypothetical contenders. Presidents of the Philippines are only allowed a six-year term. Arroyo’s was longer as he replaced an accused former president. In response to Duterte’s comments, Cristina Palabay of the human rights group Karapatan said that women are as capable as men in any job. “What matters most especially when we talk about the presidency and public office is whether the interests of the poor majority are defended,” he said. Duterte-Carpio has cultivated an image of a reluctant successor as mayor of Davao, where she is popular for displaying the same tough and no-nonsense character as her father, who ran the city for two decades. She is no stranger to presidential duties, serving as first lady due to the annulment of her father’s marriage. Duterte-Carpio told Reuters on Thursday that he said he had informed his father that he did not intend to run and that it would not be a late entry as it was six years ago. “I’m not being shy and I’m not doing a ‘last minute’,” Duterte-Carpio said in a text message. “If the whole country doesn’t want to believe (this), then I can’t do anything about it. Not everyone wants to be president. I’m one of them.” He added: “I thank you all for your confidence and assurance in what I can do, but my refusal to run for president is not the end of the world.”

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