President Duterte has shortlisted boxer-politician Manny Pacquiao, Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., long-time ally and Senator Bong Go, and the mayor of Manila Isko Moreno to be among his possible successors.
Duterte's six-year term is ending in 2022 and he is constitutionally barred from seeking reelection.
His political party is urging him to run for the vice presidency, a move seen to allow Duterte to stay in power after his term ends.
None of the five have declared their intention to run for president, at least not yet.
Political analysts say Duterte would prefer an ally to become his successor to protect him from potential criminal charges once he loses immunity after his presidency.
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