President Duterte announces he's quitting politics in 2022

President Rodrigo Duterte announced his retirement from politics as he ready to step down after the elections in 2022.

Duterte also withdrew his vice-presidential bid in consideration of public sentiment that his intent to seek the second top post violates the Constitution.

“Now, I'd like to address myself to the entire nation. The universal sentiment of the Filipino has been reflected in the different surveys and in many forums, caucuses, and meetings to discuss what should I do in my life. The overwhelming sentiment of the Filipino is that I am not qualified and it would be a violation of the Constitution to circumvent the law, the spirit of the Constitution,” Duterte said.

Duterte expressed gratitude to the Filipino people for trusting him to lead the country.

“And so, in obedience to the will of the people, who after all placed me in the presidency many years ago, I now say, sa mga kababayan ko, sundin ko ang gusto ninyo. And today, I announce my retirement from politics. Salamat po sa inyong lahat,” he said.

Duterte made the pronouncement when he accompanied Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, his former longtime aide, who filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for vice president

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