Philippines’ Duterte enters last-minute Senate bid as daughter bids for vice-presidency

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Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte entered an eleventh-hour candidacy for the Senate in subsequent yr’s nationwide election, reversing a vow to give up politics barely an hour earlier than a deadline for events to alter their candidates.

The choice got here days after Duterte’s daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio introduced she was operating for vice-president in a nationwide race set to be dominated by two of the nation’s prime political clans.

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, has entered his candidacy to run as president, almost certainly on a ticket with Duterte-Carpio.

Candidates for the Could 2022 vote had till October 8 to register however events had been allowed to withdraw candidates and substitute in new ones as much as November 15, resulting in last-minute jockeying for positions between the 2 Dutertes and their rivals.

Subsequent yr’s election is being seen as a referendum on the power of the Duterte model as his six-year time period involves an finish and the Philippines struggles with the financial fallout of the Covid-1 pandemic, which landed the nation with south-east Asia’s second-highest caseload after Indonesia.

Duterte’s senatorial bid will mark the newest flip-flop by the 76-year-old populist chief who, after floating the concept of a vice-presidential run earlier this yr, mentioned final month he was quitting politics. Duterte’s camp revived the concept of operating for vice-president once more on the weekend, elevating the chance that he might be operating for a similar workplace in opposition to his personal daughter.

On Monday, nonetheless, his lawyer Melchor Aranas filed Duterte’s certificates of candidacy for senator with the identical occasion as his shut aide, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, who can also be vying for the presidency.

The Worldwide Legal Courtroom in The Hague this yr opened an investigation into Duterte’s “warfare on medication”, his signature coverage that has killed hundreds of individuals, and analysts have mentioned the president could also be staying on in workplace to keep away from potential future prosecution.

Duterte has been one of many Philippines’ hottest presidents in latest historical past. However his assist has waned in latest months. In a survey printed final month, polling group Social Climate Stations discovered the president had 67 per cent assist amongst Filipinos, an 8 proportion level drop from 75 per cent in June.

His daughter, who’s mayor of the household’s political stronghold Davao Metropolis, is among the Philippines’ hottest politicians, in line with polls, and was being urged by her supporters to run for the presidency earlier than coming into her bid for the vice-presidency on Saturday.

A joint ticket led by Marcos and with Carpio-Duterte within the second spot would have robust probabilities of successful, analysts mentioned, spanning the Dutertes’ political stronghold on southern Mindanao island and the Marcoses’ within the north of Luzon.

“This solidifies Bongbong Marcos because the frontrunner by far, and the newest surveys present that with out Sara within the race for the presidency, he can nook near half of votes,” mentioned Richard Heydarian, affiliate professor of politics on the Polytechnic College of the Philippines. “That is simply an unbelievable quantity of lead for any candidate.”

Different candidates operating for prime workplace embrace the present vice-president Leni Robredo, who’s a favorite of the Philippines’ centre-left opposition; the boxer Manny Pacquiao; and Manila mayor Francisco Moreno.

Extra reporting by Guill Ramos in Manila

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