Duterte's daughter says not running for president

Friday was the final day of registration for next May's Philippine presidential election. Sara Duterte, daughter of the current president, was seen as a possible candidate. But she now says she won't step forward.

Instead, she says she will seek another term as mayor of the southern city of Davao. But there is still a chance she could get into the presidential race later on. She could step in as a proxy for another candidate, as her father did in 2016.

Those who did sign up as candidates include some diverse and colorful figures. Senator Manny Pacquiao is a retired world-class boxing champion. He claims that Rodrigo Duterte's government misused a huge amount of money intended to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso grew up in the slums before becoming an actor and getting into politics.

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was a senator and is the son of the former dictator of the same name. His family is believed to have friendly ties with Duterte.

Vice President Leni Robredo is a human rights lawyer and a prominent opposition figure. She has been critical of Duterte, especially on the excessive use of force in his crackdown on illegal drugs.

The country's constitution bars President Duterte from seeking a second term. He once said he would run for vice-president, but then abruptly announced he would not run, and will retire from politics.

The election campaign officially kicks off in February.