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Philippine elections

Philippine President Duterte drops senate bid, 'plans to retire'

Leader's preferred successor withdraws, leaving ruling party without candidate

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has dropped his bid for the senate in next year's elections.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has withdrawn his candidacy for senator in next year's election, the election commission said on Tuesday.

The 76-year-old Duterte, who is constitutionally limited to a single six-year term as president, made a last-minute senate bid filing last month after previously announcing plans to retire from politics.

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