Bangkok, Oct 3 (EFE) – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday his daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio will be running as a candidate to succeed him in the 2022 presidential election.
On Saturday, Duterte announced his decision to retire from active politics after his current term of office, terminating his decision to run for the vice presidency in the next elections..
He announced the decision after accompanying Senator Bong Go, one of his closest aides, to the Election Commission to formalize his candidacy for the vice presidency.
Sara Duterte-Carpio, the daughter of the president, is the current mayor of the southern city of Davao.
The spokesperson of Duterte-Carpio’s election campaign team has refrained from making statements to the media after the president’s announcement.
The election commission on Friday began registering the candidates for the next elections, expected to be held in May next year.
People will vote to elect a new president for a single six-year term and a vice president, a ceremonial post, as well as several senators and some other representatives.
Candidates have until Oct.8 to register themselves, although modifications to the lists are allowed until Nov.15.
Former Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao was among the first to register for presidential elections.
Manila mayor Francisco Domagoso and former police chief Panfilo Lacson are likely to run too.
According to surveys, Duterte-Carpio enjoys popular support but she had until now ruled out running for president if her father also ran as a candidate. EFE