Former President Rodrigo Duterte has asserted that he would be compelled to enter the electoral race for either vice president or senator if his daughter, Vice President Sara Duterte, faces impeachment.
Duterte made this statement in response to purported discussions of impeachment against the Vice President within the House of Representatives, emphasizing that he would step out of retirement and re-enter politics if such a scenario unfolds.
“Alam ninyo ba kapag ginawa ninyo ‘yan, babalik ako sa pulitika… Mapilitan ako—it’s either I run for senator or I will run for vice president maski matanda na ‘ko,” he said in an interview on SMNI.
“Mapipilitan akong lumabas sa retirement eh. When I begin to talk…election is just around the corner, talagang magka-babuyan tayo. I do not lose anything, I’m retired. Pero pagdating niyan na buhay pa ‘ko, ‘pag wala pa akong dementia, tatakbo akong…vice president… Kung si Inday ang presidente, okay lang,” he added.
Vice President Sara Duterte has expressed her commitment to support her father’s political plans.
Digong to run for VP if Sara Duterte gets impeached
“Kung anuman ang desisyon ni Pangulong Duterte ay buo ang suporta ng pamilya sa kanya. Just like kung anuman ‘yung mga desisyon namin na mga anak regarding sa pulitika, buo din ang suporta ng pamilya sa amin, ganon din ang suporta namin sa desisyon ni Pangulong Duterte,” she said.
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. stated on Monday (PH time) that Vice President Sara Duterte does not deserve impeachment. He added that they will closely monitor the issue.
“Binabantayan namin nang mabuti (We’re closely monitoring this) because we don’t want her to be impeached, we don’t want her to… she does not deserve to be impeached so we will make sure that this is something we will pay very close attention to,” Marcos said.
House Speaker Martin Romualdez has stated that there is no imminent action concerning the alleged impeachment discussions against Vice President Sara Duterte.
Sara Duterte earlier said that her camp is currently doing its due diligence about the impeachment claim and will release a comment “in the appropriate time.”