ANBOUND's Observation: Duterte's Sudden Announcement of Political Retirement
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on October 2 that he would not run for the post of vice
president in the next presidential election, and that he would retire from
politics. "The overwhelming
sentiment of the Filipinos is that I'm not qualified, and it would be a
violation of the constitution," Duterte reportedly said. "In
obedience to the will of the people I will follow what you wish and today I
announce my retirement from politics," he added. Duterte's
term as president expires in June 2022. Previously, he has been nominated
to run for vice president in next year's election.
the Philippine constitution and electoral system, the Philippines has separate
voting for president and vice president, so there could be a situation where
the president and vice president are from different political parties. The incumbent President Duterte cannot run for president
in 2022 because he is restricted to a six-year presidential term and cannot be
re-elected. On August 24, Duterte announced that he would run for vice
president in 2022. AFP News Agency noted that there has never been a case of a
sitting president running for vice president in the Philippines before. Although
it is not unconstitutional, it has drawn strong
criticism from the opposition.
to Reuters analysis, Duterte is paving the way for his daughter, Davao City
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. Polls show Duterte-Carpio is
the most popular prospect for next year's presidential election, but
Duterte-Carpio has made it clear earlier that she would not run for president
if her father ran for vice president. For Duterte and
his party, they may take Duterte's eldest daughter, the 42-year-old Davao City
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, as the core candidate for the presidential election.
There was an opinion poll this year that showed Duterte-Carpio was the most
popular candidate for president.
Senator Christopher "Bong" Go, who is also from the ruling PDP-Laban party, said he would run for vice president in
Duterte's place, Reuters reported on October 2. On that afternoon, he filed his
certificate of candidacy for president in the 2022
boxing icon and Senator Manny Pacquiao has announced that he will run for
president in 2022. This means that the ruling PDP-Laban party has split into
two factions led by Duterte and Pacquiao respectively.
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