Duterte, who is known for his public outbursts and brash rhetoric, said in televised remarks on Monday night that he has become exasperated with people who refuse to get immunised then help spread the coronavirus.
Pacquiao, currently a senator, was nominated by his party allies during the group's national assembly, days after a rival faction nominated President Rodrigo Duterte as its choice for vice president and his long-time aide, Senator Christopher "Bong" Go, as the party's presidential candidate.
"The overwhelming sentiment of the Filipino is that I’m not qualified, and it would be a violation of the constitution,” Duterte said. "In obedience to the will of the people ... I will follow what you wish and today I announce my retirement from politics.”
“This afternoon, I withdrew my candidacy (for re-election) for Davao City mayor,” said Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in a mix of Filipino and the Bisayan language on her Facebook page.
However, Duterte did not identify the candidate as he also questioned his qualifications to lead the nation as well as his contributions to national welfare describing him as a “weak leader.”
The government tightened restrictions in Manila and several provinces and cities this week. Unvaccinated people among the capital's 13 million people were ordered to stay home, after infection numbers tripled in the last two days.
Duterte is on quarantine after his exposure to a member of the Malacanang Palace household staff found positive for coronavirus and which explains his absence from the public eye for over a week, his spokesman confirmed on Thursday.
UAE Minister of State Ahmed Bin Ali Al Sayegh and Philippine Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez re-affirmed the strengthening of bilateral ties between the two countries on Friday afternoon.