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Philippine elections

Pacquiao files candidacy as race to succeed Duterte opens

Philippine boxing star is first contender to officially throw hat in the ring

Philippine senator and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao waves during a news conference in 2018.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Philippine boxing star and senator Manny Pacquiao on Friday became the first contender to file their candidacy for next year's election to succeed President Rodrigo Duterte.

The country's election commission is accepting candidates for the May 2022 general elections through Oct. 8, but substitutions will be allowed until mid-November. A little over 18,000 positions -- from president to municipal council officers -- are up for grabs.

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