The eldest daughter of their leader Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, submitted her candidacy for the vice presidency of the country, announced the committee responsible for conducting the elections, ending the scenario for months around its plans for the 2022 elections.
The Electoral Commission (COMELEC) said on its Facebook page that the Lakas-CMD vice-presidential candidate had withdrawn her candidacy and was being replaced by Sarah Duterte-Carpio.
The replacement documents were submitted by a representative, according to COMELEC.
A spokesman for the 43-year-old Duterte-Carpio confirmed her candidacy and said she would make a public statement shortly.
Duterte-Carpio’s decision to run for the second highest office in the country came as a surprise, as he maintained his lead in the polls throughout the year as a (hypothetical) candidate for the presidency.
The 76-year-old father of Duterte-Carpio is not allowed under the Constitution to seek his election for a second six-year term. He announced last month that he was leaving politics.
In the country of Southeast Asia with a population of 110 million people, elections will be held in May 2022 to elect the president, governors, mayors and local officials.