Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to Run for Vice President in 2022

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday has accepted his party’s nomination to run for vice-president in the 2022 elections.

“It is really because I want to see the continuity of my efforts even though I may not be the one giving direction, I might be able to help,” said Duterte in addressing the PDP-Laban party.

Duterte is supposedly running along with his long-time aide and current senator Christopher “Bong” Go but Go declined the party’s presidential nomination.

The party has not announced a second choice ahead of the deadline for registering candidates next month.

PDP-Laban executive vice president and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that the party councils wanted Duterte to seek the vice presidency to ensure that the government’s Covid-19 vaccination program “will be sustained in the critical stage of the pandemic,” despite the strong criticism of the Duterte administration’s weak pandemic response and its slow vaccination drive.

Duterte, 76, is barred by the constitution from running for a second term and his interest in the vice-presidency has prompted rivals to accuse him of clinging onto power to avert possible legal action against him at home or abroad.

Duterte has previously mused publicly that he would run as vice president to be immune from prosecution by the International Criminal Court for ordering what he’s called “a war on drugs” that has killed thousands under his administration.

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