SWS: 60% of Pinoys believes Duterte for vice president is illegal

Palace: No violation of Constitution if Duterte runs for VP

The Palace asserted that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will not violate any law, if he continues to run for the vice presidency in the 2022 elections.

Presidential Spokesperson Herminio “Harry” Roque Jr. listens to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Matina, Davao City on June 21, 2021. JOEY DALUMPINES/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO/ FILE

In public briefing on September 28, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque reiterated that the President will not violate any law if he pursues the vice presidency, following the results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey saying that 60% of adult Filipinos believes Duterte’s plan to run for vice president “would violate the Constitution.”

“Sa tingin po ng Presidente at ng maraming mga abogado – kasama na po ako doon – wala pong lalabagin sa Saligang Batas kung siya’y tatakbo sa Bise Presidente ‘no,” Roque said.

Moreover, 39% believe he should run for the position, while 1% did not give an answer. The survey was conducted from June 23 to June 26, 2021.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque emphasized that Duterte values the voice of the masses and encouraged the public to wait for the latter’s final decision.

“Pero ang Presidente naman po ay nakikinig ‘no sa pulso ng taumbayan at antayin po natin ang pinal na desisyon,” he assured.

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