Duterte will retire from politics

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced on October 2 that he is not running for vice president in next year’s elections and will leave politics.

“Most Filipinos have the mindset that I’m not qualified and running for vice president would be a violation of the spirit of the constitution,” Duterte said in Manila. “Today, I announce my retirement from politics.”

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the House of Representatives in 2018. Photo: Reuters.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the House of Representatives in 2018. Photo: Reuters.

Duterte, 76, cannot run for a second term as president under the constitution. Previously, on September 8, he still kept his intention to run for vice president when he accepted the nomination of the ruling party PDP-Laban.

President Duterte made a surprise announcement at the very location where he was expected to register to run for office. He did not specify when he would leave politics.

The Philippine president has not announced who he wants to succeed him, but according to experts, that face could be Sara, his daughter. However, Sara, now mayor of Davo, remains open to running, after months of saying she is not interested in the position.

Vu Hoang (Follow AFP)

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