Robredo vows fair treatment to 'VP' Duterte; Duterte’s senatorial bets bared

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As the election draws near, politicians are now more candid about their plans for 2022. Here’s a roundup of the latest political news.

Robredo’s vows fair treatment to VP Duterte

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo pose after a military parade at main military Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, July 1, 2016.  (Source: REUTERS/Erik De Castro)
FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo pose after a military parade at main military Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, July 1, 2016. (Source: REUTERS/Erik De Castro)

Vice President Leni Robredo said that if she and incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte trade places, ending up as president and vice president respectively in the upcoming polls, she will not treat him the same way he has treated her.

“I don’t like to debate on the legality. Kung tumakbo siya at manalo siya, wish ko sa kanya, sana hindi niya pagdaanan ang mga pinagdaanan ko noong VP ako,” Robredo said in an ANC interview.

(Translation: If he runs for Vice President and he wins, my wish for him is not to experience the things I had endured when I was Vice President.)

Duterte fired Robredo from her position as the drug czar 19 days after her appointment in November 2019. The president also ordered her to “desist from attending all Cabinet meetings” as chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), forcing her to resign from the post in December 2016.

While Robredo has yet to confirm her presidential bid, she has long been eyed as the “unifying candidate” of the opposition coalition 1Sambayan.

Duterte’s senatorial bets bared

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during Change of Command ceremonies of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, October 26, 2017. (Source: REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao)
FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during Change of Command ceremonies of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, October 26, 2017. (Source: REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao)

President Rodrigo Duterte's prospective senatorial bets in the 2022 elections were revealed by a high-ranking official of the ruling PDP-Laban party on Tuesday (July 20).

PDP-Laban vice president for the Visayas, Eastern Samar Governor Ben Evardone, told CNN Philippines that the president has discussed the initial list with some party leaders, including him.

The list included several Cabinet members and officials of the Duterte administration:

  • Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos

  • Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar

  • Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Greco Belgica

  • Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

  • Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan II

  • Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

  • Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo

  • Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

  • Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

  • Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar

Lacson-Sotto tandem confirmed

FILE PHOTO: Philippine Senator and boxer Manny Pacquiao (2nd R) sits with Senators Tito Sotto (R), Gregorio Honasan (L), Grace Poe (2nd L) and Panfilo Lacson (3rd L) as they watch a presentation showing the body of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa during a senate hearing investigating Espinosa's death in Manila on November 10, 2016. Espinosa, who President Rodrigo Duterte named as being involved in the illegal drug trade, was shot dead in jail on November 5, police said, the second local official implicated in narcotics to be killed in two weeks. / AFP / NOEL CELIS        (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Senator Panfilo Lacson (3rd L) with Senator Tito Sotto (R). (Photo: NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Unlike others, such as presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, who have been less forthcoming about their intent to run for higher office, Sen. Panfilo Lacson has already confirmed his bid for the highest government post. Lacson and Senate President Vicente Sotto III will be gunning for the nation’s two highest positions in the upcoming 2022 national elections, Lacson officially confirmed to several news organizations on Tuesday (July 20).

As early as June, Sotto said he would "definitely" be Lacson's running mate if the three-term senator and former PNP chief would run for president. Lacson, for his part, has also previously said that it is already “cast in stone” that Sotto would be his running mate should he join the presidential race. In the past few days, both Sotto and Lacson have been making rounds in Luzon to meet with local officials.

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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