“Gusto talaga ninyo?”: President Duterte Confirms VP Bid

President Duterte confirmed that he will run for vice president next year.

President Rodrigo Duterte recently confirmed that he will run for vice president in the upcoming 2022 national elections.

President Duterte

In his weekly public address on Tuesday, Duterte declared that he will run for vice president in the May 2022 elections. According to the President, he will run for vice president and will “continue the crusade” as he’s worried about drugs, insurgency, and criminality.

Gusto talaga ninyo? Oh, sige, tatakbo ako ng bise presidente. Then I will continue the crusade,” said Duterte.

The President also said that he may not have the power to give guidance or direction but he can always express his views in public for whatever it may be worth in the coming days.

Prior to this, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that the President has committed to run in the 2022 elections. According to Nograles, he expected the President to formally accept the party’s nomination during the national convention on September 8.

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Earlier, former senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio warned that Duterte could face charges over drug war killings, if not “tolerance” of Chinese incursions within the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine Sea once he’s no longer president.

According to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, a sitting vice president has no immunity from suit.

Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) immediate past president Atty. Domingo Cayosa had said that an outgoing president’s possible election as vice president may be questioned before the Supreme Court but there were limitations to do this.

Previously, Cayosa mentioned that there’s no explicit provision in the 1987 Constitution that prohibited the President from running as vice president.

Section 4, Article 7 of the Constitution said:

“The President shall not be eligible for any re-election. No person who has succeeded as President and has served as such for more than four years shall be qualified for election to the same office at any time.”

Cayosa had said that this could be challenged before the Supreme Court but there should be an “actual controversy” to do so.

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