Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has backed away from his stated intention to retire from politics and has filed his candidacy for the Senate in next year's elections.
Duterte's candidacy was filed on Monday, which was the deadline for next year's elections that will also include those for president and vice-president.
The move came despite his announcement last month that he would retire from politics when his current term ends. This is seen as an attempt by Duterte to retain a certain degree of political clout, even after he steps down as president.
Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, is seeking the presidency. Duterte's oldest daughter is running for vice president.
Both are enjoying strong polling numbers and are considered frontrunners for the posts. The two pledged to cooperate with each other in their campaigns.