In two separate occasions, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte once again expressed his defeat in fighting the corruption in the country.
“I’ve been trying to fire people. Hindi niyo lang alam. Marami ako but still corruption… it does not only persists, it flourishes. Sabi ko, hindi ko talaga kaya,” Duterte said.
It’s been a couple of times that Duterte conveyed his wanting to step down from his position.
If there’s anyone who would replace him in his position, Duterte was quick to dismiss Vice President Leni Robredo as an option.
“Hindi niya kaya. That’s my honest opinion,” the President said.
Another factor to his lack of faith in Robredo’s capacity to be the leader of the country is the fact that Robredo’s town, Naga City, is another place filled with illegal substance-related businesses.
But according to the DDB Secretary Catalino Cuy, Duterte’s claim about Naga City still needs to be validated.
However, according to the Department of Interior and Local Government OIC, Eduardo Año, the President has his own source of information.
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The president mentioned Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. as potential candidates for the presidential position.
Escudero was flattered by this but he said that everyone is aware that there is no legal way for that to happen. He said that the President is only venting out his frustrations.
In an interview, Atty. Barry Gutierrez, Robredo’s spokesperson, said, “Kanya na ‘yung endorsement niya. Sumunod na lang tayo sa Konstitusyon.”
According to the minority leader, Franklin Drilon, Duterte will not violate any law if he decided to resign from his presidential position.
But there is no option in the Constitution that states that a President could choose the person who would replace him.
“Kung magbitiw po ang pangulo, ang pangalawang pangulo ang siyang mag-a-assume ng posisyon,” Drilon said.
Senate President, Tito Sotto said that the government is stable and there is a structure and system to be followed.
Duterte also said that he approves of a military junta or military dictatorship as long as Robredo would not assume the position.
Senator Panfilo Lacson asked an AFP official regarding this in a Commission on Appointment’s hearing.
“Purely hypothetical. You are summoned by the commander-in-chief, one on one, no other officer of the AFP present. You’re asked to support a military junta, how would you react?” Lacson asked.
To which the AFP official responded, “I would deny the instructions as it is against the laws of the land.”
Sen. Antonio Trillanes is confident that a military junta will not succeed because the AFP would not support this
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