Factbox-Contenders for the 2022 Presidential Race in the Philippines | World news
(Reuters) – The Philippines will hold elections in May 2022 to choose a successor to President Rodrigo Duterte, who ends his only six-year term.
Below are politicians who have declared their candidacy and others named as potential presidential bets.
Boxing icon Pacquiao, 42, has vowed to jail corrupt officials and criticized Duterte’s close ties with China. He launched a campaign to provide free housing to 1.9 million poor families.
One of the greatest boxers of all time https://reut.rs/3kRUMHu and the only man to hold world titles in eight different divisions, Pacquiao has retired from boxing https://reut.rs/ 3EYCDzw in September to run for president. He is a member of Congress for two terms and currently a senator.
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Pacquiao was until recently one of Duterte’s strongest supporters, supporting his war on drugs and his efforts to restore the death penalty, but their relationship has grown strained https://reut.rs/2XXhy7D.
Analysts say his presidential run could be his toughest fight yet https://reut.rs/2WjPquV.
Duterte-Carpio, 43, has conducted all the opinion polls for the top post. The president’s daughter, who is also first lady, has declared a candidacy for re-election as mayor https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/duterte-daughter-seek-re-election-mayor- despite-calls -presidency-run-2021-09-16 from Davao City next year, despite growing calls for her to run for the top job.
But political analysts say she could still make a last-minute dramatic offer, like her father did in 2015.
With her daughter in charge, Duterte, 76, could be safe from indictment by a national court or the International Criminal Court, which has approved a formal investigation https://www.reuters.com/world/asia -pacific / philippines-will -ne-cooperate-with-icc-probe-war-drugs-spokesperson-2021-09-16 in thousands of murders in its famous “war on drugs”.
Like his father, Duterte-Carpio is popular for his pragmatic style and has no qualms about disagreeing with him publicly or fighting with his allies.
FRANCISCO “ISKO MORENO” DOMAGOSO
Manila Mayor Domagoso grew up in slums, was scrapped for leftover food in restaurants and collected trash to help his parents. He declared his intention to run https://reut.rs/3FgtdzN.
Better known by his celebrity pseudonym, Isko Moreno was spotted by a talent scout while attending a funeral. He was launched into showbiz as a matinee idol, before becoming a big screen idol known for his action, romance and sex scenes.
He was a member of the city council in 1998 and vice-mayor of Manila for three terms, until an unsuccessful candidacy for senator in 2016. Domagoso was elected mayor of Manila in 2019, defeating former incumbent and ousted president Joseph Estrada .
“Bong Go,” as he’s best known, is Duterte’s longtime and most trusted aide, widely regarded as the president’s keeper.
He has been Duterte’s assistant since he was a member of Congress in 1998 and accompanies the president to most public events and to the presidential palace, although he is also a senator.
Go chairs the health and sports committees and declined the ruling party’s presidential nomination https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/philippine-senator-first-declare-2022-run-presidency- 2021-09-08, despite Duterte urging him to run, and is known to frequently post “selfies” with Duterte on social media.
Duterte’s critics had suggested that Go could stand as his attorney, with Duterte having already agreed to run as vice president.
The first to declare his candidacy, Lacson, 73, is a senator and former police chief specializing in solving high-profile crimes. This will be his second attempt after an unsuccessful presidential candidacy in 2004.
In 2010, Lacson fled authorities, days before he was officially accused of being the mastermind of the murders of a publicist and his driver 20 years ago. He was on the run for over a year and was eventually cleared by the Supreme Court. He was the main sponsor of a controversial anti-terrorism law.
FERDINAND “BONGBONG” MARCOS
The son and namesake of the late Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos was a former governor, congressman and senator.
Popularly known as “Bongbong,” he told businessmen earlier this month that he was considering running for president.
Since returning to the Philippines in 1991 after a six-year exile in Hawaii following the overthrow of his father in a “People Power” uprising, the Marcos family have been trying to rebuild their image https://www.reuters.com/ article / us -philippines-election-marcos-idUSKCN0XU2FC, which was marred by his father’s brutal 1970s era of martial law and billions of dollars in looted wealth.
Bongbong, 64, lost a run for vice president in 2016, a result he disputed https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-politics-idUSKBN2AG10G.
Robredo, 56, is a vice-president and as leader of the opposition she was not Duterte’s running mate and has no say in his administration.
A former human rights lawyer and widow of a former cabinet minister, Robredo, served as housing minister under Duterte, but resigned after being excluded from cabinet meetings. After criticizing what she called “senseless murders” https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-philippines-drugs-idINKBN1XI0UG in her war on drugs, Duterte named her a “drug czar “, but sacked her after just 18 days.
(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Martin Petty)
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