Duterte-Duterte in 2022? Paduano sees no issue ‘as long as they’re qualified’
MANILA, Philippines — House Minority Leader Joseph Stephen Paduano sees no issue over a possible “Duterte-Duterte” tandem in the 2022 presidential and vice-presidential elections.
In a press briefing on Wednesday, members of the House minority bloc were asked about their opinion on the possibility of President Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, running for the two highest positions in the land in the upcoming polls.
According to Paduano, everybody has the right to right to run for the elections as long as they are qualified under the 1987 Constitution.
“It is clear in the Constitution that everybody, for as long as you are qualified, pwede kang tumakbo. ‘Yung Duterte-Duterte o whatever tandem, it will not matter for as long as they are qualified,” Paduano said.
“We have all the right, and it is also the right of whoever that will want to tandem, even father and daughter tandem, for as long as they are qualified,” he added.
Paduano said a “Duterte-Duterte” team will “be a test to the credibility and the performance of this administration.”
At the end of the day, however, Paduano conceded that it is the voters who would choose their leaders.
For Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Arlene Brosas, it is still too early to discuss the 2022 elections, especially amid a coronavirus pandemic.
“Napakaraming problema sa pandemya, ‘yun ang dapat tugunan ng kasalukuyang pamahalaan. Sa tingin po namin, hindi dapat mamuno ang hindi makakasiguro na pabibigyan ng solusyon ang pangangailangan ng mga Pilipino sa ngayon,” Brosas said.
“Kung magta-tandem man o kung anuman ang mangyayari, dapat mamulat ang taumbayan na kailangan nila ng mamumuno na tutugon, magre-respond, tunay na magrerespond sa pangangailangan natin ngayon,” the lawmaker added.
Marikina Rep. Stella Luz Quimbo, meanwhile, said: “the more informed choices, the better.” On the other hand, Ang Magsasaka Partylist Rep. Argel Cabatbat said he would throw his support to politicians who would push for farmers’ welfare.
“’Yun sa akin ang importante. Secondary na lang po ang mga pangalan, basta makapili ng maayos ang mga botante, masaya na ako,” Quimbo said.
Late last year, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte is already looking forward to ending his term and returning to his hometown Davao City.
In January, Duterte said his daughter will not run for the highest government post and that the presidency is “not a woman’s job.”
A recent Pulse Asia survey has shown that Duterte’s eldest daughter is the top choice among names of possible presidential contenders in the 2022 national elections.
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