House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez can get the support of President Rodrigo Duterte should the Congressman decide to run for vice president in the 2022 polls.
Duterte even said on Wednesday that he will give up his bid for vice president if Romualdez runs for the second highest post in the country next year.
The President Duterte recalled he made a promise to Romualdez when there was a fierce fight for the House speakership in 2020.
“I told him not to pursue the House leadership, and in the next election, which is around the corner, ‘if you ran for vice president, I will support you,’” Duterte said partly in Filipino.
In previous statements, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte would take into consideration all “well-meaning” pieces of advice from everyone, including Cayetano and his other allies.
“President Duterte has no decision yet. So all those who want to give advice or suggestion, that is welcome because the President is still in the process of deciding,” Roque said in Filipino.
On May 31, Duterte’s ruling political party, the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan adopted a resolution urging him to join the vice presidential race and choose the party’s standard bearer in the 2022 national elections.
There is also a growing clamor for Duterte to pair either with his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, or his former long-time aide, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go, in next year’s elections.
The President’s supporters are already rooting for either the “Duterte-Duterte” or “Go-Duterte” tandem.