Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned Saturday he’ll retire as a substitute of in search of the vice presidency subsequent 12 months after his presidential time period ends, in keeping with the New York Occasions.

Why it issues: Duterte mentioned he wouldn’t search the vice presidency as a result of nationwide opinion polls indicated public opposition to his candidacy. The transfer would have allowed Duterte to stay in nationwide politics, although his critics noticed it as a method to protect himself from prosecution, in keeping with the Occasions.

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  • His common daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, mayor of Davao Metropolis, mentioned later Saturday she would run for president and Sen. Bong Go, a longtime aide of her father, can be her operating mate, ABS-CBN Information reported on Saturday evening.

  • Christopher Lawrence Go, a senator and Duterte’s former chief aide, filed papers to hunt the vice presidency the identical day.

What they’re saying: Duterte mentioned he was retiring “in obedience to the need of the folks, who in any case positioned me within the presidency a few years in the past, I now say to my countrymen that I’ll comply with your needs,” in keeping with the Occasions.

  • “Right this moment, I announce my retirement. I thanks all,” he mentioned, although he didn’t point out if he deliberate to resign the presidency earlier than the tip of his time period in June 2o22.

  • When requested by a reporter whether or not it was clear that his daughter, who beforehand mentioned she wouldn’t run if her father have been an election candidate, would enter the race, Duterte mentioned: “It’s Sara-Go,” per ABS-CBN Information.

The massive image: The Worldwide Felony Courtroom in September formally approved an official investigation into alleged crimes in opposition to humanity throughout Duterte’s bloody battle on medication, throughout which 1000’s of individuals might have been killed in police drug operations since 2016.

  • Philippine boxer and Senator Manny Pacquiao, who was as soon as the chief of Duterte’s ruling social gathering earlier than being ousted, will search the presidency, doubtless difficult whomever Duterte places ahead as a candidate.

  • Duterte-Carpio additionally filed paperwork on Saturday to run for mayor once more, however Rappler notes that her father later withdrew his Davao Metropolis mayoral reelection submitting to run for president in 2015.

Go deeper: ICC authorizes full investigation into Duterte’s lethal medication battle

Editor’s observe: This text has been up to date to incorporate particulars of Duterte’s feedback reported by native media.

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