Elections will be held in the Philippines next year. The controversial President Duterte no longer wants to run. The reason for this is the attitude of the voters.
The controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte does not want to run for the office of Vice President in the 2022 elections and withdraw from politics. He announced that surprisingly on Saturday. He referred to polls, according to which the people in the island nation classify such a candidacy as a violation of the constitution.
Duterte is internationally criticized primarily for his campaign against drug crime, because allegedly people were murdered in the process. His term of office ends on June 30, 2022.
According to the Philippine Constitution, a president can only serve a single term of six years and cannot stand for re-election. Observers were critical of the fact that if Duterte ran for the vice-presidency, he could end up becoming president again if his chosen successor turned out to be incompetent.
Support for consultants
The 72-year-old Duterte now wants to support his long-term close advisor Christopher Go. He registered with the electoral commission on Saturday as the vice-presidential candidate of the ruling PDP-Laban party for the 2022 elections. Previously, Go had turned down his presidential nomination. It is currently still open who will run for the party as Duterte’s successor in the election on May 9, 2022. Reports circulated on Saturday that Duterte’s daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio would be a candidate. It was based on a short comment by Duterte in a video. This was published by the broadcaster ABS-CBN.
For his part, Duterte had been nominated by his party as a candidate for the vice-presidency. According to observers, everyone assumed he would accept it. But now he said: “In obedience to the will of the people who elected me to the presidency many years ago, I tell my Filipino citizens that I will follow what you want and today I announce my withdrawal from politics . “