President Rodrigo Duterte will run for vice president in the 2022 elections with his long-time aide, Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, as his running-mate.

Palace communications chief Martin Andanar said this on Saturday, as Go withdrew his certificate of candidacy (COC) for vice president to seek the highest public office.

“Babalik si presidente sa Monday para mag-file,” Andanar told reporters.

The administration’s standard-bearer, Sen. Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, also withdrew his COC for president on Saturday.

Go filed his COC for president under Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan.

Duterte will be clashing against his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, for the position in the 2022 elections.

Retirement plans nixed

Duterte’s decision to run for vice president contradicts his earlier statement that he would retire from politics after his presidency ends to adhere to the public’s impulse.

“The overwhelming sentiment of the Filipino is that I am not qualified and it would be a violation of the Constitution to circumvent the law, the spirit of the Constitution,” Duterte said in October.

“And so, in obedience to the will of the people, who after all placed me in the presidency many years ago, I now say, sa mga kababayan ko, sundin ko ang gusto niyo. And today, I announce my retirement from politics. Salamat po sa inyong lahat,” he added.

A recent Social Weather Stations survey found that six of 10 Filipinos thought a Duterte vice presidential bid in 2022 would violate the intent of the Constitution.

Malacañang earlier said Duterte was considering running for senator. John Ezekiel J. Hirro