In a palace briefing earlier today, August 16, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque revealed that President Rodrigo Duterte might resign if Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. wins his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.
“He has said he thinks (former) senator Bongbong Marcos is one of the better qualified leaders to succeed him,” Roque shared. “If there’s development and he will win the protest and he becomes vice-president, yes. He will make true his word.”
The comment came after Duterte’s speech in Malacañang last Tuesday, August 13, where he said that he is thinking of stepping down because he is already tired.
“Sinabi ko sa mga sundalo at sa mga pulis: Guys, I want you to know that I am thinking of stepping down because I’m tired,” the President said. “I am not angry (with) anybody. My chase against graft and corruption seems to be endless, and it has contaminated almost all government departments and offices.”
But Duterte said that he is not open to following the Constitution when it comes to succession if ever he does resign. According to him, Robredo does not have what it takes to lead the country, and that the likes of Marcos and Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero are much better candidates.
As of writing, the electoral protest filed at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal is still ongoing.
Meanwhile, various personalities couldn’t help but express their reactions regarding the issue.