With less than eight months left until the 2022 Presidential Elections, the debate over who will succeed President Rodrigo Duterte is intensifying.
Politicians and common folks alike are now actively participating in the discussion, sending support to candidates who’ve announced their plan to run and those who haven’t but are expected to.
If you’re curious about who these individuals are, we’ve put together a list of names tipped to be running for the upcoming national poll and those who’ve declared their candidacy.
- Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso – Position: President
Recognized in the Philippines as the Mayor of Manila, Domagoso officially confirmed his 2022 Presidential candidacy on Wednesday, September 22.
The 46-year-old politician, who previously worked as an actor, will have Dr. Willie Ong, a physician and internet personality, as his Vice Presidential running mate.
- Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao – Position: President
On Sunday (September 19), Pacquiao accepted the nomination of his party PDP-Laban to run as president.
However, the nomination is not unanimous. The party remains divided as another faction is pushing for Senator Bong Go to represent the party as presidential nominee.
- Christopher ‘Bong’ Go – Position: President or Vice President
A member of the PDP-Laban party-list, Bong Go has not officially declared his candidacy for president or vice president in the next elections.
However, he has expressed a desire to run for the top post if his running mate is incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte. Meanwhile, he’s willing to run for VP if partnered with Sara Duterte-Carpio.
- Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson – Position President
Lacson is one of the first to announce his candidacy for president in 2022. He confirmed the decision on September 8 and will be running with Senator Tito Sotto as his VP.
- Bongbong Marcos – Position: President
Although Marcos has yet to officially confirm his participation in the 2022 elections, he’s already been endorsed for the position by the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL), a group founded by his father – the late Ferdinand Marcos.
- Eleonor ‘Leni’ Robredo – Position: President
Incumbent VP Robredo has assured her supporters that she will run for the president post if chosen as the unity candidate.
- Richard ‘Dick’ Gordon – Position: President
In June this year, Senator Gordon said he’s contemplating on running for the 2022 elections as president. However, he has yet to officially confirm his candidacy.
Last month, he shared that his ideal running mate will be someone with a public health background.
- Sara Duterte-Carpio – Position: President
While Sara initially accepted the idea of succeeding her father as president, she has retracted her decision to run for the top executive post after Rodrigo announced his VP candidacy.
- Willie Ong – Position: Vice President
Internet personality and physician Dr. Willie Ong has announced his candidacy for the 2022 elections alongside Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso.
- Rodrigo Duterte – Position: Vice President
Incumbent President Duterte has accepted the nomination of his party list, PDP-Laban, to run for the VP position in next year’s poll.
- Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto – Position: Vice President
Senator Sotto will run as VP alongside Senator Lacson. The tandem announced their 2022 poll bid early in September.
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