MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines mentioned on Saturday that he would retire quite than pursue the vice presidency subsequent yr, in a shock reversal of a plan meant to maintain him in nationwide politics after his presidential time period ends.
The Philippine Structure limits presidents to a single, six-year time period. However Mr. Duterte had introduced that he would run for vice chairman within the Could election, and his former chief aide, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go, had been anticipated to hunt the presidency.
On Saturday, nevertheless, Mr. Go submitted papers declaring that he, not Mr. Duterte, would run for vice chairman. Mr. Duterte raised Mr. Go’s hand afterward in a present of unity.
Referring to opinion polls that indicated public opposition to his plan, Mr. Duterte mentioned that “in obedience to the desire of the folks, who in spite of everything positioned me within the presidency a few years in the past, I now say to my countrymen that I’ll observe your needs,” he mentioned.
“At this time, I announce my retirement. I thanks all,” he mentioned. He gave no indication that he deliberate to step down earlier than the tip of his time period subsequent June.
Mr. Duterte’s announcement appeared to go away the sphere open for his standard daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, who had earlier mentioned that she would solely run for president if her father dropped out of the race. The Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao has additionally introduced his candidacy for the presidency.