Sat. Jul 24th, 2021

President Rodrigo Duterte is willing to give up his bid for vice president in 2022 if House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez will decide to run for the highest second position of the land.

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Duterte recalled he made a promise to Romualdez when there was a fight for the House speakership in 2020.

“I told him not to pursue the House leadership, and in the next election, which is around the corner, ‘if you ran for vice president, I will support you,’” Duterte said partly in Filipino.

In previous statements, Duterte said he was reluctant to join the vice presidential race in the 2022 national elections.

“It’s difficult because I will retire and this time, I will have to pick the presidential aspirant,” Duterte said.

Duterte added that he would resist calls to seek vice presidency to reject insinuations that he wants to hold on to power.

He said his plan is to retire and return to Davao City when he steps down from office next year.

Duterte is still undecided about his potential vice presidential bid, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual presser last week.Duterte’s supporters and allies are urging him to run for vice president with either Davao City Mayor Sara “Inday” Duterte or Senator Christopher Lawrence Go as his running mate. SOVEREIGNPH

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