Philippines: Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter named as vice-president

Image copyright EPA Image caption Duterte has faced international condemnation for his ruthless war on drugs

The daughter of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has been named as the country’s first vice-presidential running mate.

The announcement raises speculation that President Duterte will run for a second term.

His first vice-presidential pick is a tourism and shipping magnate, who could be a compromise candidate if his first choice refuses to run.

Duterte’s popularity has been fuelled by his brutal anti-drugs campaign.

Duterte inherited the presidency from his mentor, the late Benigno Aquino, when the president died of cancer in 2016.

The campaign for a new president will kick off on 2 October.

‘Vibrant future’

Women make up a large number of his supporters, and his daughter, Ms Mar Roxas, is tipped to win if she makes it to the next presidential election in 2022.

She said it was an “honour” to be Vice-President “as we look to a vibrant future, where every Filipino has a voice and their hopes and aspirations heard.”

Ms Roxas is seen as a strong and steadfast supporter of her father.

In 2016, she said she would be “heartbroken” if her father could not win a second term. She described him as a “warm and humble” man.

‘Rescue people from silence’

The two vice-presidential candidates are identified with local employers who lost much of their workforce in a massive Asian ferry disaster in July.

Carlos Gomes, Mr Duterte’s choice as a running mate, worked as a marine traffic officer and shifted to warehouse work after the ferry M/V Balik Pulau sank.

As the search and rescue operation dragged on for several days, he described the crisis as “like a drowning man standing by himself.”

The president said he considered the person willing to serve with him “more a pal, a good friend, the man who has nothing to lose than have to risk everything to rescue the people from the darkness of silence.”

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