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Duterte vows to support Imelda Marcos' nephew for VP

By Kaela Patricia Gabriel

PHOTO: ABS-CBN News

Urged to run for vice presidency in the 2022 polls, President Rodrigo Duterte called the bid for VP a 'good idea' but will not proceed with the election if former first lady Imelda Marcos' nephew runs for the said position.

On Wednesday, Duterte has made a promise to support House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, Leyte Congressman related to Imelda Marcos. 

"'Pag tumakbo si Romualdez, wala ako. 'Pag hindi tumakbo si Romualdez, wala rin ako siguro," Duterte said.

In response to this, Romualdez expressed his gratitude towards Duterte for the support. 

“Currently, I am keeping my options open with regard to the 2022 elections. For sure, the President’s warm support and words of encouragement will weigh heavily on whatever decision I have to make in October 2021,” Romualdez said.

However, Romualdez also clarified he has not decided yet regarding a national run but looks forward to strengthening his party, Lakas-CMD's alliance with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte as they push through the 2022 elections.

On the other hand, the president is barred by the Constitution for re-election and will be ending his term in June 2022.

According to the president, he is considering the calls for his candidacy in the next election due to the drug problem in the country which the International Criminal Court sought to probe him for. 

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday reiterated the President has not decided yet whether he would push through the 2022 elections or not.

In addition, Roque also said the President has until October this year to make the decision.


Report source: Manila Bulletin