Malacañang said Thursday that President Rodrigo Duterte considers Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and Senator Bong Go for his successor.
However, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte is still not in favor of Mayor Sara Duterte running for President in 2022.
“Wala pa po siyang desisyon (He is yet to decide, but there are options) as to who might run: Mayor Sara, Senator Manny Pacquiao, former Senator Bongbong Marcos, Jr., and even Manila Mayor Isko Moreno,” Roque said.
“‘Yan ang mga naririnig ko, including Senator Bong Go” (Those are the names that I heard), Roque added.
On Monday, the PDP-Laban national council accepted a resolution asking President Rodrigo Duterte to run for vice president in Election 2022. He will also choose who he wants to be the party’s candidate in the presidential election.
According to PDP-Laban, vice president for external affairs Raul Lambino, the party received the resolution from other regions, local government units, and party chapters, who want Duterte to run as the vice president whose term as president will end next year.
Earlier, President Harry Roque said that the President would run as vice president based on God’s message.
Duterte eyes Sara or Bong Go as his successor: Roque
Meanwhile, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said the President should be the running mate of his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, whose name is included in emerging surveys that could run for president in 2022.
But for the opposition coalition 1Sambayanan, this is big nonsense.
“The alleged VP run of the President not only makes a mockery of the Constitution but a joke of the worst kind. It is laughable and the height of impertinence to the Filipino people,” said 1Sambayan convenor Howard Calleja.
“Ang nakakatawa pa dito, ikaw ang mamimili ng iyong presidente, obviously ‘yung presidente mo is a puppet, para bang ikaw pa rin ang kumukumpas,” he added.
Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo has yet to decide her plans for the 2022 elections.
In an interview with her on the online program “#Chooseday Tuesday” that aired on YouTube on Tuesday, Robredo only confirmed that she would remain in public service.