Philippines president says he’ll run again

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jojo Duterte said her father has lived life and “never wasted an opportunity” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will stand for re-election in 2022. The outspoken populist,…

Philippines president says he'll run again

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jojo Duterte said her father has lived life and “never wasted an opportunity”

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will stand for re-election in 2022.

The outspoken populist, who has enjoyed overwhelming support at home, also said he was not running against his daughter’s succession to the Philippines’ top position.

However, he said he was “not able to be in two places at once”.

Mrs Duterte, his eldest daughter, was elected as senator in 2016 and now serves as the country’s first female vice-president.

“I will be actively involved in the presidential election process,” he said in an interview on ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ biggest television network.

‘Muchli Jaro’

The president had previously said he would hand over the presidency when his term ends in 2022, after which his daughter, who used to be known as Davao’s “mayorinny”, would succeed him.

But he later declared on social media that he would vie for re-election “so we may create new history, a great history, as leaders, as a coalition.”

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mrs Duterte now serves as the country’s first female vice-president

Duterte’s hopes of pulling off the unlikely electoral victory were boosted after the president of Mindanao de Mindanao – the country’s most populous province – on his Mindanao governor as the opposition decried his “incompetent leadership”.

Many of those who backed his rise to power in 2016 backed him again at the last presidential elections.

The man he upset in the Philippine elections was Benigno Aquino. His election had been widely touted as a “goodbye to the rule of the Marcos family” but was instead the tale of a promising city on the verge of becoming the world’s richest.

As a city lawmaker, Mr Aquino criticised the abuses of the Marcos presidency but also used his resources and resources of Manila to help promote and end corruption in his city.

His ambitions did not take him far: six years later, there was not much to “save”.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Duterte is best known for his hardline stance on drugs and human rights abuses

However, his rise to the presidency has been assisted by a speech he gave while campaigning in Mindanao in 2015.

He said he would transfer cash in the coffer of his politician son to the poor, and also released money to the “enlightened people” from “there we come.”

The phrase is slang for palace insiders, aides and stooges, and was translated into English by Chinese-language newspapers as “where the French are from.”

It gained particular infamy after a photograph that circulated on social media showed Mr Duterte making the remark with a hand that he said was filled with cash.

His harsh crackdown on crime, which has led to thousands of alleged traffickers and drug dealers being killed in questionable circumstances, has had broad support, and also helped to advance his international reputation.

Even critics like opposition leader Jose Maria Arroyo praised him for dealing with the Philippines’ failing law enforcement capabilities.

His original name, “Jojo” is a Filipino surname and refers to his deceased father, a local politician.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jojo Duterte’s father Benigno Aquino was assassinated by an ally of Marcos

But as he grew into adulthood, Jojo Duterte’s political ambitions were put on hold. In 2005, while a film director, he was fired from a leading public school for appearing in a film about alternative education.

That is when he gained the nickname “Marikina Macaw” – saying that is was still called Patricio Duterte, his father’s name, but now a loveable crocodile.

What is Duterte’s history?

Duterte was born in a ranching village on the southern island of Mindanao on 26 September 1955. He attended school in nearby Davao City, which is famous for its role in Philippine independence.

His first film role was in June 1986 – when Mr Aquino was president – in a film called “Sugegran,” starring Fidel Ramos, the country’s second president.

After leaving the Philippines, he and his family moved to Australia for seven years, and he returned to Manila in the late 1980s.

In 1992, he was appointed as the deputy mayor of Davao, now the capital of the Philippine city, and was elected mayor in 1998. He has twice been re-elected to the position since 2000.

Duterte is best known for his hardline stance on drugs and human rights abuses.

His legal term as president ends in 2022.

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