President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to run for vice president in the 2022 national elections, the PDP-Laban announced on Tuesday.

Duterte had been floating his intention to run for vice president to be immune from suit after his presidency expires.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, representing the ruling party, said in a press release that Duterte had agreed to “sacrifice” and run for vice president in 2022. Duterte’s vice presidency will “guarantee continuity” of the administration’s programs including its war on drugs and insurgency and the Build, Build, Build program, Nograles said.

What about the other PDP-Laban faction?

The ruling party was recently split to two factions: one headed by Sen. Manny Pacquiao and the other by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.

Pacquiao’s faction in July kicked Cusi and two other officials from the ruling party for allegedly backing members of another political party, but Duterte, chairman of the party, is in support of Cusi’s faction and has attended its meetings even after the expulsion.

Pacquiao backer Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, son of PDP-Laban founder Aquilino Pimentel Jr., wished Duterte luck but said the process of picking a vice-presidential bet before having a pick for president was “unusual, circuitous [and] convoluted.”

Only Duterte’s vice-presidential bid and the senatorial bids of Rodante Marcoleta, Gregorio Honasan, Salvador Panelo, Arthur Tugade and Mark Villar were announced by the ruling party on Tuesday.

Duterte has been pushing his aide of 23 years, Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, to pursue the presidency. His daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, is also expected to run. John Ezekiel J. Hirro