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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday has pulled out of the 2022 senate race to ensure “orderly and peaceful elections,” Duterte’s acting spokesman said, following his preferred successor’s official withdrawal from the presidential race. Duterte, 76, is barred by the Philippines constitution to seek reelection as president. He announced his retirement from politics in October, before making a last-minute entry into the senatorial race. A spokesman for the Commission on Elections office, James Jimenez, said in a tweet that “the President has filed his withdrawal from the Senatorial elections,” which came just hours after his close aid, Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, formally quit the presidential race on Tuesday. Duterte decided to drop out of next year’s elections as he wants to “better focus” on the government’s pandemic response and to ensure “orderly and peaceful elections,” his acting spokesman Karlo Nograles said in a statement. “The President believes that withdrawing from the …