Philippines’ Vice President Leni Robredo will determine this week if she’s going to run for president, her spokesman stated Sunday, after her arch-rival and incumbent Rodrigo Duterte declared he was retiring from politics.
Robredo, a vocal critic of Duterte’s controversial drug battle, would possible be the one opposition candidate in a crowded discipline within the Could 2022 elections.
Her spokesperson Barry Gutierrez instructed AFP she has not but accepted the opposition coalition’s nomination, and can announce her choice earlier than the submitting deadline on October 8.
Duterte, who’s constitutionally barred from in search of a second time period, had declared in August he would run for the vice presidency.
However in a shock announcement Saturday, he stated he would retire — which was met with deep scepticism amongst analysts.
Duterte made an analogous announcement in September 2015, saying he “will retire from public life for good” solely to declare his presidential bid two months later.
Duterte has not named a successor, however indicated his daughter Sara will run alongside his longtime aide Senator Christopher Go.
A broadcaster requested him Saturday if it was “clear it will be Sara-Go”. Duterte responded, “It’s Sara-Go.”
Surveys have proven Sara Duterte, boxing nice Manny Pacquiao — the son and namesake of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos — and celeb mayor Francisco Domagoso are the frontrunners amongst potential presidential candidates.
Pacquiao and Domagoso have introduced they’re working, whereas the opposite two have but to verify.
Sara Duterte has not responded to AFP’s request for affirmation.
A lot of the prime candidates have supported Duterte’s controversial drug battle, and political analysts say Vice President Robredo may wrestle to compete if she decides to run.
Filipino voters are keen to elect a feminine president however they need her to be “feisty”, stated College of the Philippines political science professor Jean Franco.
“(Vice President Robredo is) too good, she’s too nice,” stated Franco.
Robredo, 56, narrowly received the nation’s second prime job in 2016, defeating Marcos’ son and namesake.
Her victory dealt a blow to the political aspirations of the previous dictator’s household, together with a doable return to the presidential workplace.
The Philippines’ election season kicked off Friday as celebrities and political scions flocked to the workplaces of the elections fee to file their nominations.
The method launches a usually noisy and lethal seven months of campaigning for greater than 18,000 positions, with the COVID-19 pandemic and the financial downturn attributable to lockdowns anticipated to dampen the get together environment.
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