MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has drawn up an inventory of attainable heirs that comes with his daughter Sarah, boxing celebrity Emmanuel “Many” Pacquiao and the son of the past due dictator Ferdinand Marcos, a presidential spokesman stated on Thursday.
Duterte, who has been barred via the charter from in search of re-election, will finish his six-year time period in June 2022. His birthday celebration is encouraging him to run as vp.
Given “many options”, Duterte is anticipated to fortify his daughter Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio, champion boxer and senator Pacquiao, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso and longtime aide and senator Christopher “Bong” Go. are taking into consideration. , spokesman Harry Roque stated.
He didn’t give a reason why for Duterte’s selection, however a few of them rank prime in polls of most well-liked presidential applicants for subsequent yr’s election.
None of the 5 have stated they plan to run for president.
Analysts say Duterte desires an best friend to win the presidency to give protection to him from attainable felony demanding situations and political retaliation as soon as he has misplaced immunity from place of job.
Duterte-Carpio declined to remark. The places of work of Domagoso, Go, Marcos and Pacquiao didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Opinion polls display that in spite of his debatable pro-China stance, Duterte stays massively well-liked within the Philippines, a battle on medication that has killed hundreds of suspected drug sellers, and public grievance of his govt’s dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic. .
(Reporting via Neil Jerome Morales and Karen Lema; Editing via Ed Davis)