PRRD: I will not resign because it will make Robredo president - The Daily Sentry

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

PRRD: I will not resign because it will make Robredo president

President Rodrigo Duterte talks with Vice President Leni Robredo during a courtesy call in Malacañang in July 2016/ photo from Robredo's twitter account

On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte said that he will not step down because it will make Vice President Leni Robredo the next president of the country.

The president said it during a media interview after gracing the National MSME Summit 2018 at the ASEAN Convention Center in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.

“Look, I will not resign because it will make her president,” he said.

Duterte added that he would rather hold a general election to determine the transition of leader, who will lead the proposed federal government shift.

He added that he wants to people to choose whoever they want to head the country.

“My resignation is addressed to the people so that they can choose whoever they want,” Duterte said.

“I would like the Filipino to choose a new leader, specially if it is a new structure and I have been an official of the structure of type of government which, since time immemorial, (is) unitary,” he added.

The president said that the people might want to elect an experienced individual who would have competence or enterprise to form the federal type of government.

Furthermore, he stressed out that his suggestion to the Consultative Committee (ConCom) and to Congress as well is to revise the transitory provisions of the ConCom-proposed federal Constitution to prove his critics wrong that he wanted to stay in his position after his term.

“They can amend and make it a provision there that I will be co-terminus with the effectivity of the federal Constitution. Once it is implemented, they can, I said, provide a provision there that the Office of the President shall be declared vacant but you have to call for an election,” Duterte said.*

“I’m willing to step down, call for an election, get a new leader and go on with the transition. That’s really fine with me,” he added.

The president believes that those criticizing him and accusing him of becoming a dictator are the ones who are really hungry for power.

“They are the one who will become dictator. That’s what they want. They are doing nothing but to invent malice in their minds. Or better still I will invite them to resign with me. Or not really resign but to agree to being, not really dismissed but to cease from being president and vice president,” Duterte said.

When the president was asked to comment on Robredo’s plan to lead and unit the opposition party, Duterte said: “She? I don’t think she can ever be ready to govern a country. Reason? Incompetence. She’s not capable of running a country like (the) Philippines”

Meanwhile, in response to President Duterte’s remarks, Vice President Leni Robredo’s lawyer on Wednesday listed the country’s problems;

“Inflation is 5.2 percent, the peso is at P53 vs the dollar, rice costs P42 per kilo and the government plans to add P1.19 trillion in foreign borrowings..” lawyer Barry Gutierrez said.*

Gutierrez also cited that traffic is worsening everyday.

"Incompetent? Nagsalita ang magaling (Look who's talking)" Robredo’s lawyer said in a statement.
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan defended Robredo over the president’s ‘incompetent’ remarks last Tuesday.

Pangilinan said that it was “unfortunate” and “untrue.”

“The President’s remarks are unfortunate, given that they are untrue, and more so because they digress from the core issues that hound Filipinos every day,” Pangilinan said in a statement on Wednesday.

Pangilinan, being the president of the Liberal Party (LP), pointed to the price increase of goods and other services.

“Vice President Leni has shown her competence through compassionate, empowering, and responsible leadership,” Pangilinan said.

Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan / photo from

Another LP member, Senator Bam Aquino, said that the communities helped by Robredo proves her ability to lead.

“Sa akin po ang tunay na pamantayan ng kakayanan ng isang lider ay paghanap ng solusyon sa mga problema ng taumbayan,” Aquino said.

Source: PNA