The Philippines: Sara Duterte says not seeking national position

  • “I am not running for a national position as we both agreed only one of us will run for a national position in 2022,” Mayor Duterte-Carpio said in a text message to reporters.
  • The Palace in Aug 21 said that President Duterte would back out of a vice-presidential run if Mayor Duterte-Carpio mounts a presidential bid
  • “For my part, out of propriety, it cannot be that two of us will be there, if she runs, I’ll back out,” according to Duterte.
  • Mayor Duterte-Carpio’s announcement leaves the administration coalition without a presidential candidate for now, although there is time yet before the filing of certificates of candidacy in Oct 21.
  • Only Sen. Panfilo Lacson and his running mate Senate President Vicente Sotto III have formally announced their candidacies. Vice President Leni Robredo, seen as a potential candidate for the opposition, has yet to decide on runnng.
  • Sen. Manny Pacquiao, who leads another faction of PDP-Laban, has also yet to announce his plans for 2022.
  • Sen. Go, in a statement on 8 Sep 21 evening, declined the nomination of the PDP-Laban faction fielding Duterte for vice president.
  • PDP-Laban secretary-general Melvin Matibag said in an online press conference after the party convention in Pampanga that they would wait for Go to change his mind.
  • President Duterte was a last-minute substitute candidate for PDP-Laban in 2016.
  • Duterte had repeatedly said he was not interested in running and even said he was thinking of retiring from politics.

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