(Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte drew up a list of possible successors that includes his daughter Sara, boxing star Manny Pacquiao and the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the presidential spokesman reported Thursday.
Duterte, who is prohibited by the Constitution from running for re-election, will end his six-year term in June 2022. His party encourages him to run for vice president.
Although he is considering “many options”, Duterte is considering endorsing his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, boxing champion and Senator Pacquiao, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Mayor of Manila, Francisco Domagoso, and longtime aide and senator Christopher “Bong” Go, said spokesman Harry Roque.
Duterte did not give a reason for his elections, but some of those considered have been prominent in preference polls over presidential candidates for next year’s election.
None of the five have said that they intend to stand for election.
In search of allies
Some analysts say Duterte would want an ally to win the presidency to protect himself from potential legal trouble and political retaliation once he loses immunity in office.
Duterte-Carpio declined to comment. The offices of Domagoso, Go, Marcos and Pacquiao did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Opinion polls show that Duterte remains hugely popular in the Philippines, despite his controversial pro-China stance, a war on drugs that has killed thousands of suspected drug traffickers, and public criticism of his government’s performance. of the coronavirus epidemic.