Manila mayor joins race to succeed Duterte

Manila's mayor Francisco Domagoso has joined the race to be the Philippines' next president.

Speaking on Wednesday, Domagoso said, "In all humility, I announce to you, my countrymen, please accept my application to be president of the Philippines."

Domagoso is best known by his stage name of Isko Moreno. He grew up in the slums before becoming an actor, and later entering politics.

As the race for next May's election heats up, boxing superstar and current senator Manny Pacquiao also announced his candidacy at the weekend.

Pacquiao has criticized President Rodrigo Duterte, citing abuse of power and corruption.
Analysts say he faces a huge challenge to persuade the electorate that he's up to the country's top job.

Duterte last month said he'd run for the vice presidency, apparently aiming to retain influence over the next administration.

The Philippine constitution limits the president to a single six-year term. Duterte is backing a senator known to be close to him for the presidency.

His eldest daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, is also considered a possible presidential candidate. Formal candidate registration is due to begin next month.