Squashing rumors about a Duterte-Duterte tandem in 2022 elections, Malacañang on Monday said that President Rodrigo Duterte have been looking forward to the end of his term in June 2022 so that he could go back to his hometown.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this statement to put down speculations after Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo floated the idea of a Duterte-Duterte tandem in the 2022 elections. In his view, President Duterte could take on the vice presidency while his daughter and Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte could run for president.
“Ang pagkakaalam ko po eh atat na atat na si Presidenteng matapos ang kaniyang termino’t gusto na niyang umuwi dito sa Davao ‘no. So iyong Duterte-Duterte tandem po na sinasabi ni Secretary Panelo, iyan po ay kaniyang personal naopinion,” Roque said.
[What I know is the President can’t wait until the end of his term because he really wants to return to Davao. So the Duterte-Duterte tandem that Secretary Panelo is saying is his personal opinion.]
While both Duterte and his daughter have yet to react to Panelo’s remarks, the Duterte-Duterte tandem has been welcomed by their friends and supporters.