The daughter of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is now running for vice president, ending months of speculation about her 2022 election plans.
A spokesperson for 43-year-old Sara Duterte-Carpio said she filed her candidacy on Saturday (November 13).
She entered the vice presidential race by way of substitution after her political party's original candidate withdrew, her spokesperson said in a statement. She's running under the party of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of the late dictator.
Duterte-Carpio's decision to seek the country's No.2 job came as a surprise as she has led opinion polls throughout this year as the preferred presidential candidate.
In the Philippines, president is elected separately from the vice president.
The Philippines' current president, Duterte-Carpio's father, is barred by the Constitution from seeking a second six-year term.
He said last month he was retiring from politics.