Rodrigo Duterte proclaims retirement from politics regardless of VP aspirations

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte introduced Saturday that he won’t search a bid for the workplace of vp within the 2022 elections and can retire from politics.

“At the moment, I announce my retirement from politics,” Duterte, 76, informed members of the press on the ballot physique in Metro Manila. The president took workplace in 2016 for a six-year time period and mentioned he’s listening to Filipinos’ “overwhelming sentiment” for him to retire from politics.

“The common sentiment of the Filipinos … is that I’m not certified. It will be a violation of the structure to bypass the legislation, the spirit of the structure. And so in obedience to the desire of the individuals who, in spite of everything, positioned me within the presidency a few years in the past, I now say to my countrymen I’ll heed your needs,” Duterte mentioned. Duterte was accompanied by his former aide, Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, who filed his candidacy for vp.


The Saturday announcement comes simply over a month after the Philippine president introduced his plans to run for vp, a political maneuver with attainable ramifications for the USA — Duterte is understood in Washington for his anti-American outbursts.

Candidates for the 2022 elections could file their certificates of candidacy from Oct. 1 to eight. The elections are slated for Might 9.

The retirement announcement additionally raises new prospects for boxing legend Manny Pacquiao , who has launched his personal bid for the presidency. Pacquiao submitted his certificates of candidacy to the ballot physique, naming the COVID-19 pandemic as his prime precedence to drive financial restoration.

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Pacquiao has additionally accused Duterte and his administration of constructing corruption within the Philippines worse, warning that politicians liable for the elevated corruption “will quickly finish in jail collectively.”

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