Key allies quit Duterte Cabinet to run in midterm elections

Key allies quit Duterte Cabinet to run in midterm elections
The Philippine midterm elections will happen in May 2019. (File/AFP)
Updated 17 October 2018

Key allies quit Duterte Cabinet to run in midterm elections

Key allies quit Duterte Cabinet to run in midterm elections
  • More than 18,000 government posts are up for grabs, including 12 seats in the 24-member Senate

MANILA, Philippines: Close allies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte have resigned from his Cabinet to run in elections next year that will test his popularity and could determine his future political influence.
Among those running in the May 13 midterm elections are Duterte’s former foreign secretary, who staunchly defended him from international criticism of his deadly anti-drug crackdown, his spokesman, his political adviser and a longtime aide. Aspirants have up to Wednesday to register as candidates.
More than 18,000 government posts are up for grabs, including 12 seats in the 24-member Senate, which stymied efforts by Duterte allies this year to rapidly open the country’s constitution to amendments and allow a shift to a federal system of government.