Tuesday’s announcement came ahead of a national assembly on September 8 where the PDP-Laban party is also expected to endorse Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, who is also Duterte’s aide, to be its presidential candidate in the 2022 polls.
The incumbent president is legally barred from seeking another term in office, and critics say he is seeking the second-highest position in the land to stay in power and fend off possible political trouble after the end of his presidency.
Separately, Duterte’s daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has acknowledged reports that she is considering a presidential run, setting up the possibility of a daughter-father presidential ticket, although she does not belong to her father’s party.
The PDP-Laban has split into two factions with one wing under Duterte’s allies, and another wing under the internationally renowned boxer and Senator Manny Pacquiao.
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