No more Duterte vs. Duterte showdown in 2022 elections

President Rodrigo Duterte will not go head-to-head against his daughter Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio in next year’s polls as he instead guns for a Senate seat.

The Dutertes will not be facing off against each other for the same post in the coming elections after all.

President Rodrigo Duterte filed his certificate of candidacy for senator through his representatives on Monday, November 15 — the last day for the substitution of election aspirants. 

Duterte will be running under Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS) as a substitute bet for a certain Mona Liza Visorde. 

The President’s move contradicted earlier reports that he might join the vice-presidential race where he would have challenged his own daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

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Duterte’s Senate run also comes despite his previous announcement of his supposed plan to retire from politics after his term.

Other well-known figures who also registered their candidacy as senator today are Duterte’s mouthpiece Harry Roque and former top cop Gen. Guillermo Eleazar. 

Meanwhile, retired military officer Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, who is infamous for his red-tagging spree, is running for president. 

With the battle lines already drawn, will the election drama and political maneuverings finally end? The final list of candidates is expected to be out as early as mid-December. 

Thumbnail photo courtesy of the Presidential Communications Operations Office

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