Duterte to run for vice president in 2022, says Andanar

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 13)— President Rodrigo Duterte — who earlier announced he would be retiring from politics — will run for vice president in the 2022 polls, according to his communications secretary.

In an ambush interview with reporters on Saturday, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said Duterte will file his candidacy for the country's second highest post on Monday, the deadline for the substitution of candidates.

"Babalik si presidente dito sa Comelec (Commission on Elections) para magpa-file ng kanyang candidacy for vice president," Andanar said. Duterte accompanied Senator Bong Go when he withdrew his vice presidential bid under PDP-Laban and filed his candidacy for president under the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan.

[Translation: The president will be back here in Comelec to file his candidacy for vice president.]

The President, however, has yet to officially announce his plans for next year.

His other allies, including Go and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi — who heads their PDP-Laban faction — also did not comment further.

"Sa ngayon, ang masasagot ko is 'yung 'Go' muna," the senator said when asked if the original Go-Duterte tandem will push through. "Antayin muna natin ang desisyon ng ating Pangulong Duterte."

[Translation: For now, all I can answer is the "Go." Let's wait for the decision of our President Duterte.]

Go and Duterte were earlier nominated by the ruling party as standard bearers for the upcoming elections. But Go settled for a vice presidential bid when the chief executive decided to withdraw from the race and announced his retirement from politics last month.

Should Duterte seek the vice presidency, he will face off with his daughter — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte — who also filed her candidacy as the substitute vice presidential bet of the Lakas-CMD party.