Rodrigo Duterte may run for vice-president, possibly to stay out of jail

Rodrigo Duterte may run for vice-president, possibly to stay out of jail

2021-06-18 12:29:00 AM

Rodrigo Duterte may run for vice-president, possibly to stay out of jail

Duterte’s daughter, Sara Duterte, who is mayor of Davao City, is also thinking of running, but her father says the presidency is not for women

Cecilia Yap and Andreo CalonzoRodrigo Duterte. Picture: REUTERS/ EZRA ACAYANManila — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said running for vice-president in 2022 was “a good idea,” his strongest comments yet indicating he may look to stay in a top leadership position after his single term ends.

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“There are a lot of people pushing me to run for vice-president,” Duterte said in a speech on Wednesday. “It’s a good idea I think, particularly if we talk about the drug problem.”Still, Duterte said the vice-president is “just a flower there until the other wilts.” He also said he would “want a good rest after a gruelling” term — repeating his comments last week that he is keen to retire after his presidency.

Under Philippine law, a president can only be elected for one six-year term.In May, Duterte’s political party, PDP-Laban, passed a resolution urging Duterte to stand for vice-president, a move that could boost his favoured presidential candidate’s chances in the 2022 elections. Analysts say it may be a way for him to remain in power and immune to criminal charges after his presidency. headtopics.com

Such a move would be counter to the constitution’s intended limits to a president’s term if he pushes through with his vice-presidential bid, said Dan Gatmaytan, who teaches constitutional law at the University of the Philippines.“I would argue that Duterte’s candidacy would constitute an indirect circumvention of the constitution, the likes of which were stuck down by the Supreme Court in earlier cases,” Gatmaytan said.

However, Duterte’s spokesperson, Harry Roque, said last week that “there is absolutely no ban for a president to run for vice president”.Possible betsStill, Duterte said he would not run if House majority leader Martin Romualdez stands for the office, saying that in 2019 he promised to support the legislator.

Duterte’s daughter, Sara Duterte, who is mayor of Davao City, was the public’s top choice to succeed him, according to Pulse Asia Research’s survey of 2,400 adults last quarter. Duterte has opposed the idea of his daughter succeeding him, saying the presidency is not for women.

In an ABS-CBN report Wednesday, Sara Duterte said she will “never” run in tandem with her father, while adding that she is being asked by her allies to “reconsider” her plans for the 2022 presidential elections.Other prospective candidates are boxer and Senator Manny Pacquiao, Duterte aide Senator Christopher “Bong” Go and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr — the only son of the former Philippines dictator. headtopics.com

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Vice-president Leni Robredo has said she’s open to being the opposition’s presidential candidate in 2022.Duterte’s comment comes as the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court sought authorisation to open an investigation into the Philippine government’s deadly crackdown on drug crime. A preliminary probe started in February 2018 determined there was a reasonable basis to believe that the “crime against humanity of murder” had been committed in the Philippines between July 1 2016 and March 16 2019, the date the country withdrew from the court.

Duterte has consistently defended the government’s actions. Read more: Business Day »

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