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PHILIPPINES: Could the pandemic undo Duterte’s succession plans?

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The economy could face headwinds that range from a slow or uneven vaccine rollout to persistent inflationary pressures. Should the economy become the key issue for the upcoming election season, then Duterte’s ability to influence his succession could weaken. To protect his base, Duterte may revert to his tried-and-tested strategy of attacking the political elites and businesses of choice. The 2022 elections are still 15 months away but the noise and maneuvering for the presidential race will start to pick up by the second quarter. One reason is the early filing period for ca
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