Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila on October 8, 2021. Duterte’s six-year term as head of government ends next year and he has applied for a Senate seat in the May 2022 election.
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Filipino voters will head to the polls in May 2022 to elect a successor to President Rodrigo Duterte, whose six-year term as head of the country is coming to an end.
Duterte, who has sought to get closer to China for most of his tenure, is not allowed by the Philippine constitution to run for a second term. The president has cast his eyes on another political bureau, applying for a Senate seat in next year’s general election.
Yet much of the attention on the Philippine election would fall on the presidential race, which analysts say remains wide open. The campaign for national positions – which include the presidency and the Senate – will begin in February.
Dozens of people have registered to run for the Philippine presidency, including the current vice president, the son of a former dictator and a retired boxing champion.
Notably absent is Duterte’s daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, who has led opinion polls as the preferred presidential candidate. Instead, she signed up for the vice-presidency, to the surprise of many observers.
While Duterte had supported the current senator and loyalist Christopher “Bong” Go, his daughter had supported another candidate. On Tuesday, Go announced he was withdrawing from the presidential race. He first applied for vice-presidency before stepping down to run for the top position.
Here are the presidential candidates to watch:
Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is the son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, whose regime of 1972-1986 was characterized by martial law and synonymous with arbitrary arrests, detentions, disappearances, as well as extrajudicial killings. .
In an October poll by pollster Social Weather Stations, Marcos Jr. was the most preferred presidential candidate with 47% of respondents choosing him.
Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, addresses the media after submitting his candidacy to participate in the 2022 presidential race, at the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent on October 06, 2021 in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines.
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A presidency of Marcos Jr. would provide broad economic policy continuity, encourage foreign direct investment and focus on infrastructure development, said Peter Mumford, head of the South and South Asia consultancy firm. Is at Eurasia Group.
But compared to Duterte, he’s likely to pursue “more balanced relations” with the United States and China, Mumford wrote in a recent report.
Marcos Jr. and Duterte-Carpio have agreed to run for office, although the president and vice-president are elected separately in the Philippines.
But Duterte has reportedly said he will not support Marcos Jr.
Leni Robredo is the incumbent Vice President after narrowly defeating Marcos Jr. for the post in the 2016 election. But she has no say in the Duterte government after resigning her ministerial post in December 2016.
A human rights lawyer, Robredo has been a vocal critic of Duterte’s war on drugs that has killed thousands of people.
Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo at a press conference to announce that she will run for the 2022 presidential race, in Quezon City on October 7, 2021.
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Robredo “has carved out herself as the real anti-Duterte candidate,” said Aries Arugay, visiting scholar at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute think tank and professor of political science at the Diliman University of the Philippines.
“If some don’t really like the changes that have taken place under the Duterte administration, then Leni Robredo provides that reassurance or this idea that Philippine politics could be normalized after Duterte 2022,” Arugay said earlier this month. during a webinar hosted by the think tank. Center for Strategic and International Studies.
In the October survey carried out by Social Weather Stations, 18% of those polled chose Robredo as their preferred presidential candidate, just behind Marcos. Jr.
Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso
Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso is the mayor of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, and a former actor.
As mayor of Manila, Domagoso – better known by his pseudonym Isko Moreno – reportedly focused on reducing crime and cleaning up the streets. He also received praise for building affordable housing for the poor.
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso delivers his State of the City Address at Manila City Hall on July 15, 2021 in Manila, Philippines.
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Fitch Solutions said Domagoso would likely campaign on the notion of a “big tent” government that seeks to include different groups and viewpoints. That could mean maintaining some of Duterte’s policies, but interrupting others, such as closer ties to China, the consulting firm said.
Manny Pacquiao is one of the greatest boxers of all time and the only man to hold world titles in eight different divisions. He retired from boxing in September to run for the Philippine presidency.
Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (C) celebrates after defeating Oscar de la Hoya of the United States in their welterweight showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 6, 2008.
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