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Factbox-Politicians tipped for Philippines 2022 presidential race

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Factbox-Politicians tipped for Philippines 2022 presidential race
Factbox-Politicians tipped for Philippines 2022 presidential race   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p>By Neil Jerome Morales</p> <p> – The Philippines will hold an election in May 2022 to choose a successor to President Rodrigo Duterte, who is ending his single, six-year term.</p> <p>Below are politicians who have declared their candidacy and others tipped as potential presidential bets.</p> <p><span class="caps">SARA</span> <span class="caps">DUTERTE</span>-<span class="caps">CARPIO</span></p> <p>Duterte-Carpio, 43, has led all opinion polls for the top job. The president’s daughter has declared a re-election bid https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/duterte-daughter-seek-re-election-mayor-despite-calls-presidency-run-2021-09-16 as mayor of Davao City next year, despite growing calls for her seek the highest office.</p> <p>But political analysts say she might still make a last-minute bid for the presidency, as her father did in 2015. </p> <p>With his daughter in charge, Duterte, 76, could be shielded from indictment by a domestic court or the International Criminal Court, which has approved a formal probe https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/philippines-will-not-cooperate-with-icc-probe-war-drugs-spokesperson-2021-09-16 into thousands of killings during his “war on drugs”.</p> <p>Like her father, Duterte-Carpio is liked for her no-nonsense style and has no qualms about publicly disagreeing with him, or picking fights with his allies. </p> <p><span class="caps">FRANCISCO</span> <span class="caps">DOMAGOSO</span></p> <p>The mayor of Manila, Domagoso grew up in slums, scrapped for leftover food in restaurants and collected junk to help his parents.</p> <p>Better known by his celebrity screen name, Isko Moreno, he was spotted by a talent scout while attending a funeral. He was launched into showbiz as a matinee idol, before shifting to adult roles in films in the 1990s.</p> <p>His public service career started as a city council member in 1998. He was Manila’s vice-mayor for three terms, until an unsuccessful run for senator in 2016. Domagoso was elected Manila mayor in 2019, beating incumbent and deposed former President Joseph Estrada.</p> <p><span class="caps">CHRISTOPHER</span> GO</p> <p>“Bong Go”, as he is best known, is Duterte’s long-term aide, widely seen as the gatekeeper to the president. </p> <p>He was assistant to Duterte when Duterte was a congressman and is almost always by his side at public events and at the presidential palace, even after being elected to the senate two years ago. </p> <p>Go chair the committees on health and sports and has declined the ruling party’s presidential nomination, despite Duterte urging him to run, and frequently posts “selfies” with Duterte on social media. </p> <p>Duterte’s critics had suggested Go might run as his proxy, with Duterte having already agreed to run as vice president. </p> <p><span class="caps">PANFILO</span> <span class="caps">LACSON</span></p> <p>The first to declare his candidacy, Lacson, 73, is a senator and former police chief specialising in solving high-profile crimes. It will be his second attempt after an unsuccessful presidential bid in 2004.</p> <p>In 2010, Lacson ran from the authorities, days before he was formally charged with being the mastermind in the murders of a publicist and his driver in 2000. He was a fugitive for more than a year and was eventually cleared by the Supreme Court. He was the principal sponsor of a controversial anti-terrorism law. </p> <p><span class="caps">FERDINAND</span> <span class="caps">MARCOS</span> </p> <p>The son and namesake of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos is a former governor, congressman and senator. </p> <p>Popularly known as “Bongbong”, he told businessmen this month that he is considering a run for the presidency.</p> <p>Since returning to the Philippines in 1991 from a five-year exile in Hawaii after his father’s overthrow in a “People Power” uprising, the Marcos family has been trying to rebuild its image https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-election-marcos-idUSKCN0XU2FC, which was tainted by his father’s brutal 1970s martial law era and billions of dollars of plundered wealth. </p> <p>Bongbong, 64, lost a bid for the vice presidency in 2016, a result he challenged https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-politics-idUSKBN2AG10G unsuccessfully.</p> <p><span class="caps">EMMANUEL</span> <span class="caps">PACQUIAO</span></p> <p>Boxing star Pacquiao https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/boxer-manny-pacquiao-nominated-presidential-candidate-philippines-2022-election-2021-09-19, 42, has was vowed to jail corrupt government officials and has criticised Duterte’s close relationship with China. He has launched a campaign to provide free housing to 1.9 million poor families.</p> <p>The only man to hold world titles in eight different divisions, Pacquiao was a two-term congressman and is currently senator. </p> <p>Pacquiao was until recently one of Duterte’s staunchest supporters, backing his war on drugs and efforts to restore death penalty, but their relationship has become strained.</p> <p><span class="caps">MARIA</span> <span class="caps">LEONOR</span> <span class="caps">ROBREDO</span> </p> <p>Robredo, 56, is vice president. As leader of the opposition, she was not Duterte’s running mate and has no say in his administration. </p> <p>A former human rights lawyer and widow of a former cabinet minister, Robredo served as housing minister under Duterte but quit after being excluded from cabinet meetings. After criticising what she called “senseless killings” https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-philippines-drugs-idINKBN1XI0UG in his war on drugs, Duterte appointed her “drugs tsar”, but sacked her after 18 days.</p> <p/> </div>