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Duterte-backed candidate makes sudden exit from presidential race

Duterte-backed candidate makes sudden exit from presidential race

Philippines presidential candidate ‘Bong’ Go, who loved the backing of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, has stop the race in a shock transfer. Go beforehand exited a separate VP race after Duterte’s daughter introduced her bid.

“I’m withdrawing from the race. Having stated this, I depart my destiny to God and to the Filipino individuals as I vow to do my finest day-after-day to serve selflessly and tirelessly,” Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go informed reporters in San Juan Metropolis on Tuesday.

Go famous that his household was against his presidential bid and claimed that Duterte “understands and respects” his resolution to bow out.

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An extended-time deputy to Duterte, Go obtained the president’s endorsement earlier this month, and was seen as his favored successor to the presidency up till this second. Go had beforehand declared a run for vice chairman, however withdrew quickly after the president’s daughter, Davao Metropolis Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, entered the race.

Go informed CNN Philippines that he would assist whichever candidate Duterte determined to again, and famous that he had not but endorsed anybody else for the presidency.

The lawmaker reportedly hinted at some reservations about his candidacy earlier this month, with presidential adviser Jacinto Paras telling Rappler that Go was “nonetheless considering [his bid] as a result of he’s overwhelmed with a lot work as a senator,” however added on the time that his doubts have been assuaged after receiving assist from plenty of visiting governors.

The newest political shakeup comes after Duterte declared that he would run for a senator’s seat within the upcoming Could 9 race, as he was not eligible for reelection as president underneath Philippine legislation. With Exit of the working, high contenders for president embody Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. – the working mate of Duterte’s daughter and the son of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos – sitting VP Leni Robredo, in addition to boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, who retired from the game in September to run for the presidency.

Whereas presidents and vice presidents usually run on a mixed ticket underneath the identical social gathering in Philippine elections, the positions are voted for individually, which means candidates from completely different events might find yourself taking every spot.