Philippines' Duterte to retire from politics

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he will not run for vice president in the country's upcoming presidential election and retire from politics.

Duterte had earlier said he would seek to become vice president, as the country's constitution bans presidents from running for reelection after the end of their term.

However, on Saturday he went back on the decision, saying the overwhelming sentiment of the public is that he is not qualified, and that standing for the vice-presidency would be a violation of the spirit of the constitution.

The country started registering candidates for May's election on Friday.

Newly retired boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has filed his candidacy.

The president's eldest daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, is seen as a possible candidate.

His earlier announcement to run for vice president led to criticism that he and Sara would monopolize power if she were elected.

Some experts and local media outlets say Duterte reversed his decision to run in order to support Sara's candidacy.