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Philippines' President Duterte Says He's Retiring From Politics

© REUTERS / ELOISA LOPEZPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the arrival ceremony for the first COVID-19 vaccines to arrive in the country, at Villamor Air Base in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines, February 28, 2021
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the arrival ceremony for the first COVID-19 vaccines to arrive in the country, at Villamor Air Base in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines, February 28, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 02.10.2021
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The politician says his decision not to run for vice president in the upcoming elections was in response to the public's wishes.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been at the helm of the Asian nation for more than five years, has announced that he will not run for vice president in 2022 and will retire from politics.
"The overwhelming... sentiment of Filipinos is that I am not qualified and it would be a violation of the constitution to circumvent the law, the spirit of the constitution" to run for the vice presidency. "Today I announce my retirement from politics", Duterte said, as cited by AFP.
Rodrigo Duterte has been running the country as president since 2016. Because the Philippines' Constitution bars anyone from serving two presidential terms, the country's ruling PDP-Laban Party, chaired by Duterte, called on him to throw his hat into the ring for vice president in the 2022 elections. On 8 September, Duterte accepted the nomination, while another party member, Senator Christopher Bong Go, was nominated for head of state.
There are at least two candidates who've also announced they will run for the presidency in 2022. On 19 September, renowned Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao announced his presidential bid in the 2022 election as a candidate from the PDP-Laban faction. Four days later, the mayor of the Philippine capital of Manila, Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso, also announced that he will be running as candidate for president in the elections.
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There have been reports suggesting Duterte's daughter, Sara, could also file a bid for the presidency in the 2022 elections. Notably, Sara Duterte is currently the mayor of Davao - a city that was once governed by her father, so she was considered one of the favourites in the forthcoming vote. However, after her father accepted the nomination for vice president, she said in a television interview that there could be only one Duterte running for a national position in 2022. It is still unknown whether she will change her mind on the presidency in light of her father's decision.
A president is elected for a single six-year term in the Philippines with no possibility of running again once the term is over. The 2022 presidential vote in the Philippines is scheduled to be held on 9 May as part of a national general election.
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