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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte backed away from political retirement on Monday to launch a late bid for a Senate seat, avoiding a clash with his own daughter for the vice presidency just hours before a 2022 election deadline.

Despite last-ditch efforts by supporters to convince her to succeed her father, Sara Duterte-Carpio is set to contest the vice presidency and her father’s seat in the senate, two of the most powerful posts in a country where they have built considerable political clout in the past six years.

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