With the new announcement, people in the country began to speculate that he was giving space to his daughter, Sarah Duterte-Carpio.
Duterte kisses an employee during an event in South Korea
Elections are scheduled for 2022.
Duterte was criticized when he announced he would run for vice president – for many Filipinos, this would contravene the country’s constitution, which prohibits re-election. The president himself now says this: “Obeying the will of the people, who put me in the presidency many years ago, I tell my compatriots that I will follow their wishes.”
Political analysts say Duterte needs to be able to make a successor to protect him from legal action (both in the Philippines and in international courts). He can be accused of thousands of deaths.
More than 60 million Filipinos will vote in May. A new president, vice president and more than 18,000 parliamentarians and local officials will be elected.
Despite speculation that Duterte’s daughter, Sarah, might run for president, she has already submitted her candidacy for mayor of Davao City.
However, she did so when her father’s plan was still running for Vice President.
Candidates must register by next Friday, but until November 15th it is possible to make changes to the lists.
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