President Rodrigo Duterte will decide on his possible run as vice president by October this year, Malacañang said on Wednesday.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said all aspirants for national and local posts will have to formalize their bids for the May 2022 national and local elections by October.
“Let’s just wait and see because all the candidates don’t want to and want to, when October comes, they will have to make a decision,” he said in a radio interview over RMN.
Asked if Duterte already picked a running mate, Roque reiterated the President has yet to decide on the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP)-Laban resolution seeking to convince him to run for vice president.
“First of all, the President has not yet decided whether he will run for vice president. So it’s like when we ask who will be his head, we are assuming that he will run. So maybe, let’s wait for his decision on whether he will run before we ask who will be his head,” he said.
Pressed further, Roque said he could only speculate on who Duterte has in mind as the country’s next president.
“My guess is as good as anyone’s guess ecause they’re all just speculations now. But in my opinion, I will wait for his decision on whether he will run for vice president,” he added partly in Filipino.
High chance of winning
Roque, meanwhile, agreed with Senator Imee Marcos’ remark that Duterte has a high chance of winning the country’s second-highest post.
“Well, I agree with that. And it is very clear that in the six months that I have seen the data, our President’s trust and satisfaction rating has not dropped to 90-91 even though his critics are very vocal,” he said.
He also acknowledged Senator Christopher “Bong” Go’s earlier statement that he would only consider running as president if Duterte would be his running mate.
“He has been pushing Senator Bong Go to run for president for a long time. And Senator Bong Go, on the other hand, says I will only run if you run vice president. So now that there is a nomination and a decision, of course we must wait for the decision of our President,” he said.
Last March, Duterte bared that Go has dreams of becoming president. Go later said the President was merely joking.
Roque earlier said Duterte will run for vice president in next year’s polls if he receives a message from God.“If it is God’s will, he will make the proper announcement in due course,” he said. SOVEREIGNPH