“Sukdulan talaga ang kasakiman ni Duterte sa kapangyarihan. Palibhasa’y limpak limpak na salapi ang naimbak mula sa kaban ng bayan at hawak niya sa kamay ang batas, ito ang Duterte Legacy na hindi nya mabitawan,” said KMU chairperson Elmer Labog.
(Duterte’s greed for power is really extreme. With heaps of money stored from the treasury and he holds the law in his hand, this is the Duterte Legacy that he cannot let go of.)
Meanwhile, Sen. Richard Gordon, considering running for the presidency, did not like the president’s decision.
“If the president runs for vice president, certainly, it will be up for the people to accept that. Ako, sa akin, out delicadeza, hindi ko gagawin ‘yun,” said Gordon.
“Gusto talaga ninyo? O sige, tatakbo ako ng bise presidente. Then, I will continue the crusade. I’m worried about the drugs insurgency. Number one is insurgency, then criminality, drugs,” said Duterte on Tuesday.
KMU says Duterte ‘addicted to power’ for running as VP
On the other hand, the President admitted that he has a limit on his position if he wins as vice president.
“I may not have the power to give the direction or guidance, but I can always express my views in public for whatever it may be worth in the coming days. Nasa Pilipino na iyan,” he said.
The President did not mention who his running mate will be in the 2022 elections.
Before his announcement, Duterte has accepted PDP-Laban’s endorsement to run for vice president in the 2022 elections.
Executive vice president Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Duterte accepted “the clamor of the people and accepted the endorsement of the PDP Laban Party for him to run as Vice President in the 2022 National Elections.”
Meanwhile, Sen. Manny Pacquiao, the leader of the other faction in the PDP-Laban, has not yet commented on this.