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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaking in Manila in February. Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday he will retire instead of seeking the vice presidency next year after his presidential term ends, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: Duterte said he would not seek the vice presidency because national opinion polls indicated public opposition to his candidacy. The move would have allowed Duterte to remain in national politics, though his critics saw it as a means to shield himself from prosecution, according to the Times.

  • His popular daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, mayor of Davao City, said later Saturday she would run for president and Sen. Bong Go, a longtime aide of her father, would be her running mate, ABS-CBN News reported on Saturday night.
  • Christopher Lawrence Go, a senator and Duterte's former chief aide, filed papers to seek the vice presidency the same day.

What they're saying: Duterte said he was retiring "in obedience to the will of the people, who after all placed me in the presidency many years ago, I now say to my countrymen that I will follow your wishes," according to the Times.

  • "Today, I announce my retirement. I thank you all," he said, though he did not indicate if he planned to resign the presidency before the end of his term in June 2o22.
  • When asked by a reporter whether it was clear that his daughter, who previously said she would not run if her father were an election candidate, would enter the race, Duterte said: "It is Sara-Go," per ABS-CBN News.

The big picture: The International Criminal Court in September formally authorized an official investigation into alleged crimes against humanity during Duterte's bloody war on drugs, during which thousands of people may have been killed in police drug operations since 2016.

  • Philippine boxer and Senator Manny Pacquiao, who was once the leader of Duterte's ruling party before being ousted, will seek the presidency, likely challenging whomever Duterte puts forward as a candidate.
  • Duterte-Carpio also filed paperwork on Saturday to run for mayor again, but Rappler notes that her father later withdrew his Davao City mayoral reelection filing to run for president in 2015.

Go deeper: ICC authorizes full investigation into Duterte's deadly drugs war

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include details of Duterte's comments reported by local media.

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Key clean power provision likely won't survive in Dems' spending bill

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A pillar of Democrats' plans to speed deployment of zero-carbon electricity is likely to be cut from major spending and tax legislation they are struggling to move on a party-line vote, per multiple reports and a Capitol Hill aide.

Driving the news: The New York Times, citing anonymous congressional aides and lobbyists, reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has told the White House he "strongly opposes" the Clean Electricity Performance Program.

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Fatal stabbing of British MP David Amess declared a terrorist incident

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Authorities have declared the death of David Amess a terrorist incident, hours after the Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K. was fatally stabbed while meeting with local constituents in a church in eastern England on Friday.

The big picture: The Metropolitan Police has found "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."

Biden: DOJ should prosecute those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas

President Biden speaks with reporters at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that the Justice Department should prosecute those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee.

Why it matters: The president's remarks come one day after Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon failed to show up for a deposition before the committee.