Status: 02.10.2021 12:02 p.m.
He recently confirmed his intention to run for vice president – but now Philippine President Tudor has announced his political resignation. May be supportive of his daughter.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced his retirement from politics at the end of his term. He did not want to apply for the vice presidency as planned. The 72-year-old said the “prevailing sentiment” in the population was that the 2022 nomination would “violate the law and the spirit of the Constitution”.
According to the Constitution, the President of the Philippines can only rule for one term, i.e. six years. Nevertheless, he confirmed only speculations about his ambitions for the vice presidency this summer, which drew sharp criticism from the opposition. He wanted to run in next year’s election to “continue the crusade,” when he mentioned his tough stance on drug crime.
In the fight for the vice presidency, Duterte now wants to support his longtime close adviser, Christopher Cowan. He registered with the Election Commission today as the candidate of the ruling PDP-Laban party for next year’s election. Earlier, Go rejected his presidential candidacy. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
The daughter became famous, according to surveys
The president’s retirement announcement has sparked speculation that his daughter may run for office next year. Sarah Duterte-Corpio was already mayor of the city of Davao after her father. A few weeks ago she rejected a candidacy for a higher position on the grounds that she did not want to compete with her father.
The announced departure now allows Tudorte-Corbio to compete, said Antonio La Vina, a political scientist at the University of Athens in Manila. According to opinion polls, it is ahead of the election. Applicants for next year’s election must register by next Friday – but in some cases the deadline may be extended to November 15.
International investigation into Duterte’s drug fight
Duterte applied for the 2016 presidential election by a narrow margin, eventually winning by a large margin. Since then, he has focused on the fight against the illicit drug trade. His brutal and ruthless attitude claimed the lives of several thousand people and caused severe international criticism. The International Criminal Court (ICC) wants to launch a comprehensive inquiry into the deaths.
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