Rodrigo Duterte avoid election face-off with daughter

November 16, 2021

Rodrigo Duterte avoid election face-off with daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio

Rodrigo Duterte, the bombastic president of the Philippines, will not run for the vice presidency of his country in the 2022 election.

President Rodrigo Duterte is running for senate

The 76-year-old politician will instead seek a senate seat. Mr. Duterte is not allowed by the constitution to run for president again.

Minutes before the deadline on Monday, he filed paperwork for the senate candidacy after weeks of rumors about his next move.

The situation got even more interesting when his daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, announced Saturday that she is a candidate for vice president.

By dropping his bid for vice president, Rodrigo Duterte will avoid a face-off with his oldest child, who had succeeded him as mayor of Davao City after he became president in 2016.

Surprisingly, earlier in the day, an aide had said that he was running for vice president. It seems that even for a slight moment, a father-daughter race was in the cards.

Mr. Duterte said Saturday he was unaware of his daughter’s plans, and they have not been talking. Father and daughter do not belong to the same political party, but she did shave her head in 2015 to get him to run for president.

Opponents of the regime say they are both running for high-profile offices to avoid retribution for their alleged misdeeds. The president’s so-called war on drugs has taken the lives of thousands in the Southeast Asian nation.

A spokesperson for the presidency said they love each other and never planned to go after the same post. President and vice president run in different elections in the Philippines.

Sara Duterte-Carpio surprises some with run for vice president

Until last week, many saw Duterte-Carpio as the ideal person to take over the presidency after her father’s term. She led in different polls, and the country appeared ready to elect her as the third female president in its history.

The 43-year-old reserve colonel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines said in September that she and her dad had agreed that only one of them should run for a national position at a time.

In October, when her father did not make a move, she even filed to run for reelection. A month later, she withdrew her candidacy for mayor.

Her brother, Sebastian Duterte, 34, who was vice mayor of Davao City, will run in her place.

The Duterte family is a real political dynasty.

The clan has held the mayorship in Davao City for almost 40 years. By running for vice president, Duterte-Carpio will now share a ticket with another famous name, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., and together they will lead the Partido Federal and Lakas-CMD coalition party.

Marcos Jr. is now a favorite with Duterte-Carpio on his ticket

Marcos Jr., a former senator, is the son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. While Marcos Jr. is the favorite candidate for president, his bid has opened old wounds, and many critics have blasted the idea of him becoming president.

However, with Duterte-Carpio out of his way and on the same ticket with him, many experts say it will be difficult for other candidates to make an impression.

According to a recent poll, he has a nearly 30-point lead against his closest rival, incumbent Vice President Leni Robredo. The survey placed Marcos Jr. ahead with 47 percent support versus 18 for Robredo, a frequent critic of President Duterte.

Manila mayor Francisco Domagoso was third at 13 percent and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao landed in fourth place at 9%.

However, the poll was conducted before Christopher “Bong” Go got into the presidential race on Saturday. The 47-year-old senator is one of President Duterte’s closest allies.

Some have even said that he is the brain behind the whole operation. Go may benefit from his proximity with the controversial leader, but it is unclear if that will be enough to beat Marcos Jr. in May 2022.

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