Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned on Saturday he was retiring from politics, a shock transfer that fuelled hypothesis he was clearing the way in which for his daughter to run to succeed him.
“Immediately, I announce my retirement from politics,” Duterte mentioned, accompanying loyalist Senator Christopher “Bong” Go from their ruling PDP-Laban get together as he registered to run for vice chairman.
Duterte had been anticipated to run for vice chairman. He’s not eligible to run once more for the highest job because the structure units a single-six-year time period restrict for the president.
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Political observers had lengthy suspected Duterte may spring a shock, reminiscent of a presidential run by his daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, subsequent yr.
Duterte-Carpio, who changed her father as mayor of Davao, mentioned final month she was not operating for greater workplace subsequent yr as a result of she and her father had agreed solely one in every of them would run for nationwide workplace in 2022.
The older Duterte’s resolution to not be a part of the race subsequent yr would clear her manner.
“This permits Sara Duterte to run,” mentioned Antonio La Vina, professor of regulation and politics on the Ateneo de Manila College. However La Vina mentioned he couldn’t rule out the likelihood the firebrand chief may have a change of coronary heart and be Go’s substitute.
Candidates have till Friday to register, however withdrawals and substitutions are allowed till Nov. 15, leaving scope for last-minute adjustments of coronary heart, just like the Eleventh-hour entry of Duterte for the 2016 election, which he received by an enormous margin.