Duterte to jump ship from PDP-Laban, join Inday Sara’s Hugpong?

Duterte to jump ship from PDP-Laban, join Inday Sara’s Hugpong?

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, President Duterte, and Sen. Bong Go

By Junex Doronio
July 9, 2021

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — The father-and-daughter tandem of Rodrigo and Sara Duterte did it in Davao but can they pull off the same trick at the national level?

This question cropped up on Friday when the possibility of President Rodrigo Duterte running for vice president under Inday Sara’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) party surfaced.

On Thursday, July 8, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. floated this possibility in the face of internal squabbles in the ruling PDP-Laban and the inevitable nomination of Senator Manny Pacquiao as its presidential candidate for the 2022 polls.

“Anything is possible. In the first place, hindi pa naman siguradong tatakbo ang Presidente (the President has not really decided if he will run for vice president next year). He’s seriously thinking about it,” Roque bared in a virtual press briefing.

Duterte once again floated the possibility of a vice-presidential bid in a taped meeting with members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) aired on Wednesday, July 7.

But Christian Monsod, one of the framers of the 1987 Constitution said on Thursday that President Duterte could not seek the vice presidency in the 2022 national elections and may face legal obstacles if he decides to push through with his plan.

“It is clear that it is just a plan to go through the backdoor and to circumvent the constitutional provision that bans him from occupying the Office of the President again,” Monsod said, citing Article VII Section IV of the 1987 Charter.

Political analysts said Duterte may join the HNP before the July 17 national assembly of PDP-Laban “to save face” as majority of the 100,000 card-bearing members favor Pacquiao to be the presidential candidate in 2022. (ai/mtvn)

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