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Duterte to Retire From Politics, Won’t Seek Vice Presidency

  • His daughter Sara is seeking reelection as Davao City mayor
  • Duterte’s aide, Bong Go, files candidacy for vice president
Rodrigo Duterte, left, with Christopher “Bong” Go on Oct. 2.
Rodrigo Duterte, left, with Christopher “Bong” Go on Oct. 2.Photographer: Lisa Marie David/Pool/Getty Images
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he’s retiring from politics and won’t be seeking the vice presidency in 2022, a surprise move that saw his party’s nominee for the top position instead seek the No. 2 post. 

Duterte’s former aide and now senator, Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, filed his candidacy for vice president on Saturday. The ruling PDP-Laban Party earlier nominated Go as its presidential candidate, while endorsing Duterte for vice president.