Rodrigo Duterte has filed his candidacy for senator on the last day of filing

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to run for senator in next year’s elections, abandoning his plans to retire from politics.

Duterte’s representative filed his candidacy on Monday, the deadline for political parties to choose their candidates, putting an end to uncertainty about the controversial leader’s game plan.

Many in the Southeast Asian nation were both delighted and bewildered in the days leading up to the deadline. Sara Duterte, the president’s daughter who has topped polling results to succeed her father, filed for vice president on Saturday after dropping her re-election bid for Davao City mayor, and Sen. Bong Go, the president’s trusted aide, changed direction and switched from running in the vice presidential position to running the presidential bid the same day.

Rodrigo Duterte, who is only allowed to compete for president for a single six-year term, hinted over the weekend that he would run for vice president against his daughter.

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