Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte won’t run against daughter in election, spokesperson says

Earlier, Duterte’s communications secretary said the President would run for vice president, potentially facing his daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, who filed her candidacy for the same position, according to CNN affiliate CNN Philippines.

“They love each other, father and daughter Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Mayor Inday Sara. They will not go against each other, they will not run against each other,” Roque told reporters.

Duterte is not eligible to run for president again.

Monday’s deadline for Philippine political parties to finalize candidates for next year’s election is keeping voters on the edge, with last-minute changes expected in unpredictable but significant presidential and vice presidential races.

Daughter of Philippine President Duterte to run for vice president

In the Philippines, the president and vice president are elected in separate contests.

Duterte can run for other posts, such as senator, congressman, mayor or governor. He was mayor of Davao City before running for president in 2016.

His 43-year-old daughter had been expected to run to succeed him as president due to her popularity and clear lead in all opinion polls this year on preferred candidates.

She however signed on to run for the vice president’s post, but can still change her mind.