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Candidates to succeed President Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila on October 8, 2021. Duterte’s six-year time period within the prime workplace ends subsequent yr, and he has filed to run for a senate seat within the May 2022 elections.

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Philippine voters will head to the polls in May 2022 to elect a successor to President Rodrigo Duterte, whose six-year time period within the nation’s prime workplace is coming to an finish.

Duterte, who sought nearer ties with China for many of his time period, is prohibited by the Philippine structure from in search of a second time period. The president has set his eyes on a unique political workplace, filing his candidacy for a senate seat in subsequent yr’s basic elections.   

Still, a lot of the eye on the Philippine elections would fall on the presidential race, which analysts mentioned stays vast open. Campaigning for nationwide positions — which embrace the presidency and senate — will begin in February.

Dozens registered to run for the Philippine presidency, together with the present vice chairman, the son of a former dictator and a retired boxing champion.

Notably absent is Duterte’s daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, who led opinion polls as the popular presidential candidate. She as a substitute registered for the vice-presidential race, to the shock of many observers.

While Duterte had endorsed present senator and loyalist Christopher “Bong” Go, his daughter had backed a unique candidate. On Tuesday, Go introduced he was withdrawing from the presidential race. He initially filed to run for vice chairman earlier than withdrawing to run for the top job.

Here are the presidential candidates to watch:

Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is the son and namesake of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, whose 1972-1986 regime was characterised by martial regulation and synonymous with arbitrary arrests, detention, disappearances, in addition to extrajudicial killings.

In an October survey performed by pollster Social Weather Stations, Marcos Jr. was essentially the most most popular presidential candidate with 47% of respondents selecting him.

Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, speaks to the media after submitting his candidacy to be a part of the 2022 presidential race, at Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent on October 06, 2021 in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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Leni Robredo

Leni Robredo is the sitting vice chairman after narrowly beating Marcos Jr. for the place within the 2016 elections. But she has no say within the Duterte authorities after resigning from her cabinet position in December 2016.

A human rights lawyer, Robredo has been a staunch critic of Duterte’s drug battle which has killed hundreds of individuals.

Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo at a press convention to announce she’s going to run within the 2022 presidential race, in Quezon City on October 7, 2021.

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Robredo has “carved herself as the genuine anti-Duterte candidate,” mentioned Aries Arugay, visiting fellow at suppose tank ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute and political science professor on the University of the Philippines Diliman.

“If some do not really like the changes that have happened under the Duterte administration, then Leni Robredo provides that comfort or that idea that Philippine politics could be normalized post-Duterte 2022,” Arugay mentioned earlier this month at a webinar organized by suppose tank Center for Strategic and International Studies.

In the October survey by Social Weather Stations, 18% of respondents selected Robredo as their most popular presidential candidate — second solely to Marcos. Jr.

Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso delivers his State of the City Address at Manila City Hall on July 15, 2021 in Manila, Philippines.

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Fitch Solutions mentioned Domagoso would possible marketing campaign on the notion of a “big tent” authorities that seeks to embrace completely different teams and viewpoints. That might imply sustaining a few of Duterte’s insurance policies, however discontinuing others corresponding to nearer ties with China, mentioned the consultancy.

Manny Pacquiao 

Manny Pacquiao is among the biggest boxers of all time and the one man to maintain world titles in eight completely different divisions. He retired from boxing in September to run for the Philippine presidency.

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (C) celebrates after defeating Oscar de la Hoya of the U.S. throughout their welterweights showdown on the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 6, 2008.

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