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Duterte drops senatorial ambition.
In a surprising turn of events, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced that he will not be running for a seat in the Senate in the upcoming 2022 elections. This decision comes as a shock to many, as Duterte has previously expressed his desire to continue serving the country in a legislative capacity.
Duterte, who has been in office since 2016, has been known for his controversial policies and statements. He has been criticized for his brutal war on drugs, which has resulted in thousands of deaths, as well as his authoritarian tendencies and disregard for human rights.
Despite this, Duterte has maintained a strong base of supporters who admire his tough stance on crime and corruption. Many of these supporters had hoped that he would run for a Senate seat in the next election, where he could continue to push for his agenda and shape the country’s future.
However, in a recent statement, Duterte announced that he had changed his mind and would not be pursuing a Senate seat after all. He cited his age and health as the main reasons for his decision, saying that he wanted to focus on his duties as president and ensure a smooth transition of power to his successor.
This announcement has sparked speculation about who will be the next president of the Philippines, as Duterte’s term is set to end in 2022. Many of his supporters had hoped that he would run for re-election, but with his decision not to pursue a Senate seat, it seems unlikely that he will seek another term as president.
Regardless of who takes over as president, Duterte’s legacy will continue to shape the country for years to come. His policies and actions have been both praised and criticized, and his decision not to run for a Senate seat will only add to the debate about his place in Philippine history.