Philippines: PDP-Laban party picks Duterte as VP candidate

Source: Seattle Times

“The Philippines’ governing party nominated President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday as its vice presidential candidate in upcoming elections, a maneuver widely seen as an effort to keep the popular leader near the center of power while avoiding constitutional term limits. The party’s nominee for president, however, declined to run. Duterte, 76, notorious for vulgar rhetoric and a crackdown on illegal drugs that has killed thousands of mostly petty suspects, told the national convention of his PDP-Laban party that he hopes ‘this will allow me to continue serving the Filipino people and help lead the entire nation toward greater progress.’ Duterte attended the convention in San Fernando City, north of the capital, Manila, in person while others attended online to observe COVID-19 health protocols. The party was the first to hold a convention to select candidates for the May 9 national elections.” (09/08/21)