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Philippine elections

Sara Duterte misses deadline for Philippine president candidacy

But rules allow for candidate substitutions, keeping door open for president's daughter

Sara Duterte, Davao City Mayor and daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, delivers a speech in Davao City on May 9, 2019.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Sara Duterte, the daughter of the Philippine president and front-runner to succeed him, missed Friday's filing deadline to register her candidacy for next year's presidential election.

However, this does not rule her out from joining the race later because election commission rules allow for substitutions of party candidates until mid-November. She has a precedent in her father, Rodrigo, who also submitted his candidacy in 2015 past the filing deadline.

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