Thu. May 26th, 2022

President Rodrigo Duterte is going to enjoy the privileges of being a private citizen and spend more time with his family when his term ends in June 22, Malacañang said on Wednesday.

(pna.gov.ph)

Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Duterte’s withdrawal from the senatorial race is a “personal decision”, especially since he has spent four decades of his life in public service.

“It’s really to spend time with his family after more than four decades of service to his countrymen. As prosecutor all the way up to being mayor, vice mayor, a member of Congress, back to vice mayor then mayor, then now, as president of the Republic of the Philippines – now he wants to spend time, more time with his family,” he said in a Palace press briefing.

Nograles admitted that there are supporters still convincing him to run for public office. However, he said Duterte has made up his mind.

“Even after he filed, political parties are already endorsing him for Senate. So, there are a lot, there’s the pressure that they like President Duterte to continue but at the end of the day, it is always personal choice for any who runs or files candidacy in whatever position,” he added partly in Filipino.

Aside from wanting to spend more time with family, Nograles said backing out from the senatorial race will allow Duterte to prioritize the country’s Covid-19 response.

“Because he is no longer a candidate for any position this coming elections, he can focus more on the Covid response, he can focus more on safely reopening our economy, he can focus more on continuing if not even stepping up more of the public service,” he said.

He said Duterte will also ensure a “peaceful, transparent, and fair” national and local elections in May 2022.

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