President Duterte joins Senate race in 2022

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 15) — President Rodrigo Duterte is not yet retiring from politics as he vies for a senatorial position in the 2022 polls.

Duterte, through his representative Atty. Melchor Aranas, on Monday filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to re-join Congress under the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan or PDDS.

He replaced Mona Liza Visorde, with his candidacy filed half an hour before the Comelec closed its doors for the substitution of candidates.

The vice presidential bet of PDDS, Benedicto Jose, also withdrew his COC at around the same time.

PDDS is an allied party of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) faction where Duterte is chairman. On Saturday, it fielded Duterte's longtime aide Senator Christopher "Bong" Go as its presidential bet.

According to PDP-Laban, Duterte and Go are running under PDDS to avoid legal complications. This is amid the ongoing row of the two factions within the ruling party, with one headed by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and the other by presidential aspirant Senator Manny Pacquiao.

After initially announcing his plan to run for vice president in the upcoming polls, Duterte surprised the public in October by saying he will retire from politics when his six-year term ends on June 30, 2022 — constantly telling the public he is tired.

Since announcing his retirement, his party PDP-Laban had begun pushing him to run for senator instead.

Over the weekend, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Duterte will run for vice president — the same position being sought by his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. However, his spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte will never pit himself against his daughter.

Duterte previously joined Congress in 1998 as the representative of the 1st District of Davao City.