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Philippines' Duterte urged by allies to run for vice president

President says former aide Sen. Bong Go wants to succeed him

Allies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte are pushing for him to run for vice president when his term ends. (Photo courtesy of Presidential Communications Operations Office of the Philippines)

MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's allies have launched a campaign to persuade him to run for vice president in next year's national elections. If they succeed and he wins, the popular leader could keep his clout through the country's second-highest office.

Duterte, 75, is constitutionally limited to a single six-year term, but loyalists say the "strong public support for his agenda" will enable the government to continue reforms and keep the economy on track to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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