The daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has officially registered her candidacy for the vice presidency, according to a spokeswoman, putting an end to months of speculation about her ambitions to run for the position in 2022.
In a statement, Sara Duterte-spokeswoman, Carpio’s Mayor Christina Garcia-Frasco, revealed that the 43-year-old Duterte Carpio was placed into the vice presidential contest as a substitute when her political party’s intended candidate withdrew.
After her candidacy papers were submitted via a representative, the political party of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the late Philippine dictator who has registered to run for president, chose Duterte-Carpio to be its vice presidential candidate a short time after they were filed.
Garcia-Frasco said that Duterte-Carpio will be issuing a statement in the near future.
Duterte-decision Carpio’s to run for the country’s No. 2 position came as a surprise, given that she had consistently topped opinion surveys as the favorite presidential candidate throughout this year.
It came as a surprise to Antonio La Vina, professor of law and politics at the Ateneo de Manila University, who spoke to Reuters about the incident. “The next surprise is who will be the Vice President.”
In the Philippines, the president and vice president are chosen independently from one another.
The Constitution prohibits Duterte-father, Carpio’s who is 76 years old, from running for a second six-year term in office. He announced his retirement from politics only a few weeks ago.
In May 2022, the 110 million-strong Southeast Asian country will have elections for offices ranging from president to governors, mayors, and other municipal politicians.
Among the other presidential candidates running in next year’s elections are former boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, Vice President Leni Robredo, Manila Mayor Francisco Domingo, Senator Panfilo Lacson, and Duterte’s former police chief Ronald dela Rosa.