Duterte’s daughter joins late dictator Marcos’ son on Philippine presidential list

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The daughter of Philippine President RodrigoDuterte will be Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s running mate in next year’s presidential election, the two candidates announced on Tuesday, confirming weeks of speculation over an alliance between two powerful families.

SaraDuterte-Carpio, 43, who is running for vice-presidency, announced in a video message her intention to run on the same ticket as Marcos, the latest twist in the Philippine political drama that has hit the country.

“My party has come together and asked for support for Bongbong Marcos and me after accepting your challenge and your call,” Duterte-Carpio told supporters, referring to Marcos, 64, by his nickname.

Marcos, the son and namesake of the late dictator who was overthrown in a 1986 uprising, also released a statement announcing that he was teaming up with Duterte-Carpio.

“We and our parties have agreed that we will pursue unifying leadership if we are lucky enough to win the May 9, 2022 election,” he said in a statement.

In the Philippines, the president and vice-president are elected separately.

The alliance would be formidable and a godsend for both campaigns, analysts say, with Marcos able to exploit the Dutertes’ huge base of support in the south, and Duterte-Carpio likely to profit from decades of domination by the Marcos dynasty. in its northern stronghold.

“I know this fight is long and difficult, but I am confident that you will join me and help me until the end, until we win it for our beloved country,” said Duterte-Caprio , mayor of Davao. “Without your outpouring of support, I would be out of this race.”

Experts say Marcos became the frontrunner due to Duterte-Carpio’s decision not to run against him, after leading opinion polls on preferred presidential candidates throughout the year.

Because they are both popular, political observers have said that a Marcos and Duterte-Carpio tandem will be the team to beat in next year’s election to succeed Duterte, who is not authorized by the Constitution to represent itself.

An Oct. 20-23 survey by pollster Social Weather Stations showed Marcos had a lead over rivals outgoing Vice President Leni Robredo, Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.

The poll did not include Christopher “Bong” Go, Duterte’s closest collaborator and chosen successor, who only joined the presidential race on Saturday.

(AXADLETM with REUTERS)

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