Duterte accepts 2022 VP nomination

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines accepted his party’s nomination to run for vice president in next year’s election today, pursuing a strategy criticized by opponents as a bid to retain his hold on power.

Duterte, 76, is not eligible to seek for a second term under the constitution, and his interest in becoming vice president, a typically ceremonial position, has generated allegations that he wants to remain in power in order to avoid potential legal action against him at home or abroad.

However, Duterte said that his choice was motivated by his love for the nation.

“It is really because I want to witness the continuation of my efforts, even if I am not the one directing them,” Duterte stated in his speech to the party.

Duterte had hoped to replace himself with longtime ally Christopher “Bong” Go, a senator, but Go rejected the party’s presidential candidacy.

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