MANILA – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to be the ruling political party’s vice presidential candidate in next year’s elections, the PDP-Laban party said on Tuesday, laying the groundwork for the leader to stay in power beyond his term. Doing.
The PDP-Laban party made the announcement ahead of a national assembly on 8 September, where it is also expected to endorse Duterte’s ally and incumbent Senator Christopher “Bong” Go to be its presidential candidate in the 2022 elections.
Carlo Nograles, executive vice-president of the ruling PDP-Laban party, said in a statement that Duterte was “sacrificing” and paying attention to “the uproar of the people”.
In the Philippines, the president is limited to a six-year term and Duterte’s term is due to end by June next year. However, his vice-presidency is seen by political observers as a backdoor to the presidency.
Nograles said the move would “guarantee the continuity of the administration’s programs during the past five years,” including addressing illicit drugs.
Duterte’s critics believe that he may make a play to retain power through the second number position if ally Go wins and then resigns.
Duterte, who portrays himself as a reluctant president without the will to power, has said on several occasions that he wanted Gou to be his successor. His endorsement helped Gou become a senator in 2019, a position he held alongside his duties as Duterte’s personal aide.
Gou has been the 76-year-old’s closest ally since the late 1990s, when Duterte was a congressman representing the city of Davao in the south of the country.
“I’m still not interested [in the presidency]Go, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, told Reuters. “Vaccines first, politics first,” he said.
Duterte has said he wants to shield the sought for comment, with Gou saying he will focus on addressing the pandemic. “I’m still not interested [in the presidency],” said Go, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health. “Vaccines before politics” distances himself from possible legal action if he steps down.
This could include a possible investigation by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. The ICC prosecutor has sought permission to launch a formal investigation into the killings during Duterte’s war on drugs.