Thursday, August 16, 2018

Opposition reps don’t believe in Duterte’s ‘stepping down’ statements anymore



After Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte released another statement saying that he will step down from his position. This time, the president said he will resign if Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos will be declared as Vice President and succeed him as president.
Caloocan Representative Edgar Erice, ACT Teachers party-list Representative Antonio Tinio, Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr. and Marikina City Representative Miro Quimbo / Composite photos from Google, Panay News, ABS-CBN and Manila Bulletin.

"'Guys, I want you to know that I am thinking of stepping down because I'm tired. While I am not angry against anybody, my chase against graft and corruption seems to be endless. It has contaminated almost all government departments and offices,'" Duterte said in a speech in Malacañang.

"Graft is so embedded. It is endemic and it is always a part of the territory of a transaction especially by government," he added.

Caloocan Representative Edgar Erice says that Duterte has made this kind of proclamation a lot of times but is never really serious about it. He thinks that Duterte just said this to “show disgust” over his other unfulfilled promises.
President Rodrigo Duterte / Presidential Photo

Maraming beses niya na pong sinabi na magreresign siya pero palagay ko po it’s just one way of showing his disgust doon sa mga naipangako niya na hindi natutupad hanggang sa ngayon, yung war on drugs saka yung curbing corruption," he said.

However, opposition leaders have said that no one would ever believe President Duterte anymore.

ACT Teachers party-list Representative Antonio Tinio, however, said that people should not believe the president anymore because he never does it anyway. He says that the moment Dutere steps down from his position, he will be openly filed cases against and he thinks that this is something the president wants to avoid.

"May naniniwala pa ba sa kanya? Hindi niya kailanman gagawin yun," he said.

"Hindi niya matatakasan ang kanyang pananagutan sa libo-libong pinatokhang niya na mga maralita so that will never happen," he said.

For his part, Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr. believes that Duterte's statement is not so much about stepping down from his post, but his plan other than Vice President Leni Robredo to succeed him.
Caloocan Representative Edgar Erice, ACT Teachers party-list Representative Antonio Tinio, Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr. and Marikina City Representative Miro Quimbo / Composite photos from Google, Panay News, ABS-CBN and Manila Bulletin.

"Parang pinahayag na rin nya na kung maaari lang sa kanya, hindi susundin yung constitutional process dahil kung maaari, military or ang PNP ang pipili," he said.

"Yun ang sigurong mas bigyan natin ng pansin kaysa yung mga pahayag na magre-resign," he added.

Marikina City Representative Miro Quimbo believe that Duterte’s statements are merely statements because he cannot skirt around the Constitution and be allowed to simply choose his successor.

"Hindi naman ito kaharian na pwede mong ituro kung sino ang susunod sayo. Ang susunod sayo ay ang nakasaad sa batas at kailangan nating sundin yun. Oras na hindi natin sinunod yun lahat ng ipinaglaban natin sa nakaraan ay nababalewala," he said.

"Naging istilo na rin niya yan kahit noong nasa Davao na kunwari magbibitaw para makita kung sino yung magiging takam sa poder, para sino yung mga gustong palitan siya. So we see it is not a deviation from his past behavior," he said.

"Obviously hindi siya seryoso doon sa kanyang sinasabi," he further said.