DAVAO City Mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio confirmed Monday, May 31, that they discussed politics with the Marcos siblings -- Senator Imee and former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Jr. -- during their recent visit to Davao City.

In an interview on 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio, Duterte-Carpio said the Marcoses met with her on Saturday lunch, May 29, to personally greet her on her 43rd birthday.

“When politicians gather, they’ll talk about politics. Expected na na, wala kay makit-an na politicians na nagtapok na dili magistorya og politika (That is already expected from politicians when they meet, they usually discuss politics),” she said.

In a photo shared with City Hall reporters by Jefry Tupas, head of the City Information Office, the mayor and the Marcos siblings were seen laughing and having a good time over lunch that was hosted by the mayor’s husband, lawyer Mans Carpio.

Duterte-Carpio, however, did not divulge any further what they talked about in particular.

“That is only what I can say (that they talked about politics) about our conversations namo didto (during the lunch),” she added.

Bongbong Marcos and Duterte-Carpio’s names have been regularly appearing in elections 2020 surveys. Duterte-Carpio has been among the names of presidentiables, while Bongbong has been among the options for vice president.

The presidential daughter has been topping presidential polls conducted by various research bodies. But she repeatedly stated her unwillingness to run for the highest seat in the country in the upcoming May 2022 elections.

According to the University of Mindanao Institute of Popular Opinion (UM-IPO) online survey from March 10 to 19, 2021, results revealed that six out of 10 Dabawenyos want Duterte-Carpio to be the next president of the country.

When asked about their most preferred running mate for Duterte-Carpio, Bongbong Marcos topped the list with 36.1 percent followed by Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go (26.9 percent), and Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso (7.3 percent). Around 10.7 percent are still unsure.

The survey targeted Dabawenyos from the three districts of the city to know their preference for the upcoming 2022 presidential election.