Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte had been making headlines long before her father became the president of the Philippines. With her name making noise as the top presidential bet in 2022, let us know more about the middle child of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Facts you need to know about Sara Duterte
- Born Sara Zimmerman Duterte on May 31, 1978; commonly known as Inday Sara
- She is the second child to lawyer Rodrigo Duterte and flight attendant Elizabeth Zimmerman.
- Since her youth, Duterte had a fierce and independent character, leading to a “love-hate relationship” with her father when she was a student due to her disapproval for his womanizing tendencies and late-night activities.
- She went to San Pedro College, majoring in BS Respiratory Therapy, and graduated in 1999;
- In her inaugural speech as Mayor of Davao City, Duterte said she originally wanted to be a pediatrician instead of a politician. She later took up a law degree at the San Sebastian College – Recoletos and graduated in May 2005.
- In 2006, Duterte passed the Philippine Bar Examination.
- She is a reserved full-fledged colonel in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
- Duterte-Carpio is Davao City’s first woman mayor and the youngest to have been elected to the position in the political history of Davao City.
- In October 2015, she shaved her head to convince her father to run for President in the 2016 Philippine presidential elections.
- She ran again for the mayoralty post for Davao City in the 2016 elections and won the position succeeding her father, now the current president, for the second time.
- Duterte has been married since October 27, 2007, to her fellow lawyer Manases “Mans” R. Carpio, whom she met while she was attending San Beda University. They have two children: an adopted daughter, Mikhaila María, nicknamed “Sharky”, and a son, Mateo Lucas, nicknamed “Stingray”.
That time when Sara Duterte punched a court sheriff in Davao
The younger Duterte had been making headlines long before “Tatay Digong” became a president.
In 2011, Sara Duterte punched a court sheriff in Davao City amid a demolition of a refuted residential land.
Sheriff Abe Andres took four blows in the left eye, the face, and the back, and was taken to hospital shortly afterward by Duterte’s bodyguard.
Duterte had rushed to Barangay Soliman upon being told that a police-backed team was about to demolish the homes of 2017 families who were armed with bladed weapons and hard objects and were ready to fight for their homes.
“I was in the middle of 13,000 people who were badly in need of assistance and here you are doing this?” Duterte said.
She told Andres to delay the demolition for two more hours because she knew it would be bloody. However, the court sheriff refused.
“Is that difficult to do when I have successfully done it and I am a woman?” Duterte said, and then asked: “Where is the sheriff?”
Andres came forward and Duterte said: “Dali, sir (Come here, sir).”
As the sheriff was approaching, Sara Duterte punched him twice in the face. When he tried to get away, she held him by the nape and continued punching him.
She then ordered the demolition team to stop. The team dispersed and the court sheriff has led away.