Almost a week after saying that he was “sold” on the idea of running for vice president next year, President Duterte said his constant mention of a possible bid for the second highest post was just meant to scare off his critics.
Duterte, however, reiterated that he is open to joining the race for the vice president “if it is good for the country.”
“Ako naman ‘yung vice president ko, pantakot lang sa kanila ‘yan (My mention of a possible run for vice president was just intended to scare them),” Duterte said during a pre-recorded public address on Monday.
“If it is good for the country, I will do it. If it does not contribute anything to the country, then huwag na lang (forget it), magsasayang lang tayo ng oras pati (you will just waste time and) you contribute to the conundrum of the moment,” he added.
The President’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, has said she is open to running for president in 2022.
Duterte reiterated that he does not want his daughter to seek the presidency because he wants her to be spared from the “vagaries of politics” in the Philippines.