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Duterte fuels rumors his daughter will run for office

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte fueled more speculation over whether his daughter would run for national office next year.

On Saturday, national broadcaster ABS-CBN reported an exchange with Duterte in which he seemed to confirm Sara Duterte-Carpio would run, with one of his long-time aides as Vice President.

Duterte-Carpio had previously denied having any intentions to run.

Instead she has filed for re-election as Mayor of Davao, a city in the south and the country's third largest.

However political analysts have been skeptical.

With more than a month to go before candidates are finalised, Duterte-Carpio could still announce her run much later.

Analysts say it could parallel her father's story in 2015 when he entered at the last minute - and won by a huge margin.

They also said Duterte's surprise announcement on Saturday that he would retire, could also be clearing the way for his daughter's presidental run.

Duterte-Carpio's spokesperson did not comment on the matter.

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