MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In an unprecedented move by the Philippines’ major political parties, President Rodrigo Duterte has been chosen as their common Vice Presidential bet in the 2022 elections!
The move all but assures that Duterte will be the country’s VP for 6 years starting in mid-2022. (In the Philippines, a vote for a Presidential candidate of one party is not necessarily a vote for its VP candidate. While the Constitution limits the President’s term to 6 years with no re-election, nothing prohibits him from running for VP.)
The Administration’s PDP-Laban Party revealed its 2022 line-up with Senator Bong Go for President and Duterte for VP.
The Opposition Liberal Party, acknowledging that it can not field any candidate that would defeat Duterte, chose him to be Leni Robredo’s VP running mate.
Sara Duterte’s Hukbong Ng Pagbabago also decided to launch its Duterte-Duterte line-up despite Sara’s earlier pronouncement that such a tandem would never happen.
So with these announcements, the race is on. For President. The VP race is all but moot.