Filipino Canadians join fight against looming Duterte father-and-daughter rule in 2022 Philippine election

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      Filipinos will choose their next president in the May 9, 2022 election.

      Although the Philippine Constitution limits a president to only one term, there’s no stopping an incumbent from running again for another post.

      Recently, the ruling party in the country passed a resolution urging controversial President Rodrigo Duterte to run for vice president next year.

      The same resolution also empowers Duterte to choose who will be his presidential running mate.

      Not long after, a Duterte spokesperson revealed the list of likely candidates for president, and one of them is the leader’s daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio.

      The Philippines is a major source of immigrants to Canada.

      The Asian country has never had a father-and-daughter tandem ruling the country, and the likelihood of a first is not far off.

      Duterte-Carpio has consistently topped polls on probable candidates for president in the 2022 national election.

      President Duterte, for his part, continues to enjoy a high level of support, as indicated in surveys.

      Duterte-Carpio is currently mayor of Davao City, a position that was long held by her father.

      The city’s vice mayor is a son of Duterte. Another son of the Philippine president represents a congressional district in the city.

      Duterte has faced criticism from several quarters regarding many issues. These include extra-judicial killings and his handling of the country’s territorial dispute with China.

      Canadians may remember Duterte trashtalking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2019 over Canadian garbage shipped to the Philippines.

      He threatened to declare “war” if Canada doesn’t take back the garbage, which was eventually shipped back and landed in Vancouver.

      In March 2021, a coalition of political opposition forces formed in the Philippines to present a united front against a Duterte-backed slate of candidates in the next election.

      The coalition is called 1Sambayan. Sambayan is a blend of Filipino words isa (one) and bayan (nation).

      1Sambayan recently welcomed news that opposition Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo is open to the idea of leading the opposition in the 2022 election.

      Robredo will speak online at the launch of a Canada chapter of 1Sambayan on June 18.

      1Sambayan is scheduled to announce its list of probable candidates on June 12, which also marks the celebration of Philippine Independence Day.

      The June 18 launch of the Canada chapter happens on these times: 7:30 p.m -9:30 p.m.,Toronto;  4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Vancouver; 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Alberta; and 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Manitoba.

      The launch will be livestreamed here and here.