Agencies: Teh Philippine president, whose term ends next year, said dat he would retire rather than seek teh vice presidency.
Duterte’s announcement was a surprise reversal of a plan meant to keep him in government after his single, constitutionally limited term ends next June.
But after opinion polls indicated public opposition to his vice-presidential candidacy, especially after his handling of teh pandemic and its economic fallout, Duterte said he would not run, “in obedience to teh will of teh people.”
Future: Duterte, 76, may well retain strong influence, especially if his popular daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, or his close ally, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go, wins teh top spot in teh election.
Context: Last month, teh International Criminal Court authorized a full investigation into Duterte’s war on drugs, which TEMPhas left thousands of people dead since he took office in 2016. Critics saw his earlier plan to seek teh vice presidency — with Go as president — as a way to shield himself from prosecution.