Filipino leader Rodrigo Duterte announces retirement from politics


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Saturday that he would not run for vice president in the 2022 elections and would instead retire from politics.

Duterte’s move was a surprise to many. He announced in August that he would run for Vice President. Speculation is now fueling that he may be paving the way for his daughter to take over.

“The overwhelming feeling of Filipinos is that I’m not qualified, and that would be a violation of the Constitution,” Duterte said. “According to the will of the people … I will obey what you want, and today I will announce my retirement from politics,” he added.

In the Philippines, the president is constitutionally limited to a six-year term, and opponents say that if Duterte pursues his bid, he will question the legality of the vice president’s candidacy announced in the Supreme Court. rice field.

Opinion polls have suggested that Duterte will be a strong pair in collaboration with his daughter Sara Duterte, who is now the mayor of Davao City as a presidential candidate, political analysts said earlier.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (left) and his daughter Sarah Zimmermann have arrived at the opening of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Meeting on April 10, 2018 in Bo’ao, Hainan, China. (AFP via Getty Images)

“This allows Sarah Zimmermann to run,” said Antonio La Vina, a professor of law and politics at Ateneo de Manila University. “It’s a drama that she sees through her father’s plans or confuses everyone.”

However, after her father first declared that she would seek a vice president, Sara Duterte announced that she would not run for president, and she and her father said that Duterte had agreed to run for the State Council next year. ..

This is not the first time Duterte has announced his retirement from politics. After running for president in 2015 and eventually winning by a wide margin, some political analysts were skeptical of the decision.

“I want to take his announcement with a lot of salt,” Carlos Conde, a Filipino researcher at Human Rights Watch based in New York, told Reuters. “But assuming he really intends to retire, that doesn’t mean he can’t get the protection he’s longing for from the ICC.”

The 76-year-old leader is known for his deadly drug crackdown, violent rhetoric, and unorthodox political style.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Lorenz Duchan

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