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Philippine elections

Philippine ruling party in turmoil as Duterte aide declines bid

Leader accepts nomination for vice president in 2022 election

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the ruling PDP-Laban Party's nomination to run for vice president in next year's election.   © Reuters

MANILA -- The Philippines' ruling PDP-Laban Party on Wednesday failed to secure its presidential candidate for next year's general election, throwing a succession plan for President Rodrigo Duterte into question.

Sen. Bong Go, Duterte's longtime personal aide, declined the nomination during the party's national convention, saying he is not interested in the country's top job. His boss Duterte accepted the nomination for vice president.

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