On 25 August, Rodrigo Duterte announced his intention to seek the second-highest post in the Philippines government in next year’s elections. “I will run for vice president,” he said. “I will continue this crusade [against] insurgency, then criminality [and] drugs.” But by 2 October he had changed his plan, declaring: “In obedience to the will of the people…Today, I announce my retirement from politics.”
To mitigate the adverse effects of the pandemic on the poor and vulnerable people across the archipelago, the Government of the Philippines implemented an ambitious program of delivering cash assistance to 18 million households over a period of 9 months. The government achieved its performance priorities by promptly addressing implementation challenges that included huge program scope, different databases for identifying beneficiaries, health and security risks to implementors, mobility restrictions, communication and coordination constraints, and heightened administrative burden stemming from monitoring, reporting, and audit requirements on fund disbursements. Program implementation experiences highlighted the critical importance of legal mandate, beneficiary targeting system, institutional coordination, monitoring and feedback, and cooperation and partnerships.
International boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has formally filed his candidacy for president of the Philippines, as the country kicked off its election season with television celebrities, political scions and at least one inmate expected to be among thousands of candidates vying for national and local posts.
As he filed his papers for president on Friday, Pacquiao sprung a last-minute surprise, naming former Manila Mayor and current House of Representative member Lito Atienza as his running mate for vice president.