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Philippines' prez Duterte announces to retire from politics

2021 Oct 02, 14:56, Manila
In this photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte holds a vial containing the Sinovac vaccine from China as it arrives at the Villamor Air Base in Manila, Philippines on Sunday Feb. 28, 2021. The Philippines received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccine Sunday, among the last in Southeast Asia to secure the critical doses despite having the second-highest number of coronavirus infections and deaths in the hard-hit region. (Toto Lozano/ Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division )

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced Saturday that he will not run for vice president in the 2022 elections and will retire from politics.

"Today, I announce my retirement from politics," Duterte, 76, told journalists.

Concerning his surprise announcement, Duterte, who took office in 2016 for a six-year term of presidency, said that he is heeding the Filipinos' "overwhelming sentiment" for him to quit politics.

"The universal sentiment of the Filipinos is that I am not qualified. It would be a violation of the constitution to circumvent the law, the spirit of the constitution. And so in obedience to the will of the people who, after all, placed me in the presidency many years ago, I now say to my countrymen I will heed your wishes," Duterte said.

Duterte was at the poll body on Saturday in Metro Manila to accompany his former longtime aid and Senator Christopher Go, 47, who filed his candidacy for vice president.

Candidates for the 2022 elections could file their certificate of candidacy from Oct. 1 to 8. The elections will be held on May 9, 2022. 


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