Duterte Announces Retirement from Politics

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.

Manila: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday announced his retirement from politics, adding that he will not contest for Vice President during the 2022 presidential elections.

“Today, I announce my retirement from politics,” Xinhua news agency quoted the 76-year-old leader as saying to 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.

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“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.

He was at the poll body on Saturday in Metro Manila to accompany his former long-time 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 October 1 to 8.

The elections will be held on May 9, 2022.

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