Thursday, August 16, 2018

Drilon comments on Duterte's intent to resign



Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and Franklin Drilon, photo from CNN Philippines
Following President Rodrigo Duterte's recent remark about his plan to step down should Bongbong Marcos win his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo, comes Sen. Franklin Drilon's comment on the matter.

In a report, the Liberal Party senator said that there is no other way to have a new leader but for the Vice President to take over thus assume presidency.


"Wala pong option sa ating Saligang Batas. Kung magbitiw po ang Pangulo, ang Pangalawang Pangulo ang mag-assume ng position," Drilon told reporters.

(There are no other options in our Constitution. If the president will step down, the vice president will assume the position.)

Drilon, Senate Minority Leader, made the statement after the Mindanaoan president said before members of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) on Tuesday that he is ready to step down in one condition: only if either Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. or Senator Chiz Escudero will succeed him.

On the other hand, Sen. Vicente Sotto III believes that the 73 year old president may have said that out of frustration, but would not surrender.
Senate President Tito Sotto III and Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, photo from GMA News
"Nasasabi lang niya ‘yon. Siguro dahil nga pagod", the Senate President said.

 (That might be musings because of exhaustion.)

Asked with a hypothetical question, the latter, however, added that in the event the president resigns, the government will run steadily.

“As I’ve said, our government is stable, may system, may structure ang gobyerno natin, kahit sinong nakaupo tatakbo ‘yan (As I’ve said, our government is stable, the government has a system and a structure, it will run as usual no matter who is in the position),” he said.

The president earlier expressed that he will possibly resign due to unending corruption problems in the government.

Source: PTV4