A year before his term ends, President Rodrigo Duterte is being urged to run in the next elections, specifically in the vice-presidential post.
Although some see it in a positive light, others not so much.
One of those who have openly talked about their opinion on the matter is Policy Studies of the Center for People Empowerment in Government (CenPEG) Director Bobby Tuazon.
According to Tuazon, Duterte should ‘retire’ after his term and give chance to other candidates.
“Mabuti pa pabayaan na lang ni Pangulong Duterte yung mga iba pang posibleng prospective na vice presidentiables. Mag retire na lang siya,” he told ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo.
This is in response to a resolution issued by the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan’s (PDP-Laban) national council, which calls for its chairman – Duterte- to run in the 2022 Presidential Elections.
Despite the support of his party, Tuazon argues that there’s no reason for Duterte to stay in politics after his presidency.
“There is no need kasi assuming na maganda naman ang takbo ng kaniyang programa then allow yung mga iba pang prospective presidentiable na tumakbo bilang bise presidente. Manatili na lang siyang adviser ng mga tatakbo at kung manalo man sila, adviser siya sa darating na presidential government sa 2022,” he explained.
Besides this, Tuazon also pointed out the brewing ‘in fighting’ within PDP-Laban, which he says could be exacerbated by Duterte’s potential run next year.
“Kung ito ay magpapatuloy itong in fighting, definitely magbubunga yan ng hatian sa loob ng PDP-Laban party at maaapektuhan ang kanilang chances sa election sa 2022,” he said.
Tuazon also urged the creation of an independent Commission on Elections – one that’s not run by presidential appointees.
“Dapat magkaroon na tayo ng independent Commission on Elections. Dapat magkaroon tayo ng pagsuporta at pag promote ng tunay na political party system sa ating bansa, kabilang na dyan ang masusi at malawak na political education sa atin mamamayan, lalo na yung mga botante,” he said.
Watch the full interview below.
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