It was a day full of major happenings in the Philippine political arena as big names joined while others backed out of the national race.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte filed her candidacy as vice president. The presidential daughter earlier withdrew her reelection bid and joined Lakas-CMD party before formalizing her candidacy for the country’s second-highest position.
She was later endorsed for vice president by the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, the party of presidential aspirant and former senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos.
Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa will no longer join the presidential race supposedly acting upon the decision of his party, the Cusi-led faction of the ruling PDP-Laban.
Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go withdrew his bid for vice president and will instead seek the presidency under the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan party.
President Rodrigo Duterte accompanied both his longtime aide Go and former top cop Dela Rosa to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Manila.
Duterte will go against his own daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio for the vice presidency.
The President will reportedly file his certificate of candidacy (COC) for vice president on Monday, November 15 — the last day for the substitution of election aspirants.