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Duterte's son runs for speaker in bid to cement family's power

Davao City Congressman Paolo Duterte is one of three siblings in politics

Davao's Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and son of President Rodrigo Duterte takes an oath as he testifies at a Senate hearing on drug smuggling in Pasay, Metro Manila on September 7, 2017   © Reuters

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte's son on Tuesday joined a crowded race to become the speaker of the Philippines' parliament, in a move that could cement his family's grip on power.

"I am now going to join the race for speaker," Congressman Paolo Duterte said in a statement on Tuesday. "The House is divided, I might be able to help unite it. We were all voted for by the people."

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