- President Duterte prefers former Sen. Bongbong Marcos and Sen. Chiz Escudero as his successors
- He reiterated that he is tired and would like to resign from the office
- According to the president, he has nothing against VP Leni Robredo
President Rodrigo Duterte has only two successors in mind. According to his speech, only Senator Francisco “Chiz” Escudero or former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. can make him step down from the office.
In a report by Manila Bulletin, President Duterte hosted a dinner for the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas in Malacañang. Where he made a statement that that he prefers former Sen. Bongbong Marcos to replace him and Sen. Chiz Escudero in replacement of current Vice President Leni Robredo. He reiterated that he is tired and he thinks of resigning.
“I think deep in my heart, if you follow the succession and Robredo takes over, hindi niya kaya,” he said.
“Hindi niya kaya, that’s my honest opinion ko lang. Kung sino na lang sana diyan, in the likes of [Senator Francis] Escudero or [former Senator] Bongbong Marcos,” the president added.
He said, “Wala akong galit kay Robredo. Panalo na ako. Hindi ako nakikipag-away ng babae. Hindi nga ako sumasagot kung ano ang sinasabi nila.”
Upon the opening of the event, he made a comment about VP Leni Robredo’s bailiwick Naga City in Camarines Sur, “I know at the time, for several years, I don’t want to mention names, Naga was the cradle of drugs. And it was there. And you can ask the Naga guys and the Naga addicts,”
He also added, “Of course she will deny it,”
On his defense, he made it clear that he has nothing against the vice president and he has no issues that she was a good government official.
“She’s also good. No problem about that. Every Filipino is always good,” he said in a statement last week.
Last 2016 election, both senators Bongbong Marcos and Chiz Escudero joined the vice presidential bid and was defeated by VP Leni Robredo.
In a previous report about KAMI, President Duterte said that he is thinking of stepping down. He said that he is frustrated with the unending battle against graft and corruption in the Philippines.
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