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Ex-president Duterte hints return to politics
Ex-president Duterte hints return to politics
Ex-president Duterte hints return to politics
by Christhel Cuazon14 August 2023
Photo courtesy: Presidential Communications Office

Is Rodrigo Roa Duterte looking into making a comabck in the politics scene? The former president hinted on remaining passionate about politics and governance despite being away from it for over a year.

"Politics still, in the coming days, it will be my passion again especially na malapit na ang elections. iyan lang ang trabaho ko kasi, politika," Duterte, 78, said in a vlog interview by Senator Francis Tolentino uploaded on Sunday.

"It is my past time, my hobby," he continued.

Duterte did not further disclosed his plans on making a comeback in the politic scene.


The former president also admitted on enjoying his retirement, noting that he is getting enough sleep now and more time to spend with his family in their hometown, Davao City.

"Retired ako and I am actualy enjoying life in my retirement days. [I have] more time with the family, more time for myself. And the badly needed.. kulang ako sa tulog noong naging Mayor at naging Presidente ako for the longest time," Duterte said.

"There are a lot to catch up but not really on health reasons [dahil] okay naman ako," he added.

Despite being away from the political scene, Duterte still remains among the top choices of Filipinos for possible senatorial candidates in the 2025 mid-term elections.


Duterte served as Davao City mayor for 22 years before joining the 2016 presidential elections where he won with a landslide victory.

Known for his reputation as nemesis of drug addicts during his term, Duterte is currently facing a case before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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