ROQUE: Duterte serious about political retirement

‘Just wait and see’

Malacañang on Monday urged those who doubted the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to retire to wait until the deadline of filing certificates of candidacy (COC) and candidacy substitutions to find out whether or not he was serious in his declaration.

Political analysts earlier raised skepticism over Duterte’s pronouncement, noting that he may still change his mind as in 2015 when he joined the presidential race at the last minute.

Prior to the 2016 national elections, Duterte said he would not run for president but later substituted for Martin Diño as the standard-bearer of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

“Kung talagang may nagdududa, antayin nalang natin ang Oct. 8 para malaman natin kung anong plano ni Presidente. Kung mayroon pa ring duda, antayin natin Nov. 15 kasi yun po ang deadline para sa substitution (If there are doubts let’s just wait for Oct. 8 to find out the President’s plans. If there are still doubts, let’s just wait until Nov. 15 because that is the deadline for substitutions),” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing in Angeles City, Pampanga. Read More

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