President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and his daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio – Photo: REUTERS
On November 15, Christopher “Bong” Go, a top aide to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, said that Mr. participate in the elections of this Southeast Asian country in 2022.
Specifically, he said that President Duterte will run for a seat in the Philippine Senate in the upcoming election. This also ends speculation that Mr. Duterte will run for vice president, becoming an opponent of his daughter, according to Reuters news agency.
The information was revealed as the deadline for Philippine political parties to finalize candidates is approaching on November 15. According to Reuters, last-minute changes are still possible in the Philippines’ presidential and vice-presidential races.
Mr. Duterte is ineligible to run for re-election as president – the highest position – because the Philippine Constitution sets a single term limit of six years for the presidency. However, he may run for other positions.
Mr. Go’s information contrasts with statements made last weekend by President Duterte’s communications secretary. At the time, this person said that Mr. Duterte would run for vice president and challenge his daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio.
Sara Duterte-Carpio (43 years old), currently the mayor of Davao, is running for vice president.
“What I can say is that father and daughter, specifically President Rodrigo Duterte and mayor Sara, love each other. They will never run against each other,” said Duterte spokesman Harry Roque. confirmed on 11/15.