Better for Duterte to be an ‘elder statesman’ than run for VP: Cayetano

Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano (left) with President Rodrigo Duterte. - Philippine Daily Inquirer file pic Read more: Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN): It would be better for President Rodrigo Duterte to “just be the elder statesman” than run for vice president in the 2022 elections, Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano told reporters on Monday (June 7).

Cayetano, who was Duterte’s running mate in the 2016 national elections, said that the president’s “legacy” might be affected if he would decide to run for the second- highest government post in next year’s elections.

“If I were asked personally, for example, if I were beside him right now and he would ask: Alan, what do you think? I will tell him: ‘Boss, you became one of the best presidents. Your legacy might be hit, and there are many other issues. You know, whoever becomes the next president, even if its [Vice President Leni Robedo, ” she will consult with you. So just be the elder statesman, ’” Cayetano said, speaking partly in Filipino.

“Look at President Ramos. Not everyone agrees with him. To be frank, he wasn’t the most exciting politician. But then he became an elder statesman, ” the former House speaker added.

Cayetano stressed, however, that it would still be a decision for Duterte to make.

“It’s he who has to decide, not me. But that’s my view. It’s also affected. And what if the one he endorses as president will not win? So they will quarrel. This time around he will have no power for six years. He will just be waiting. If anything happens to the president, he might be blamed for it, ” Cayetano said.

Duterte’s name floated as a possible vice presidential candidate after the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) adopted a resolution seeking to convince him to run for the post in the 2022 polls.

Cayetano, for his part, earlier bared that he was “seriously considering” running for the presidential or other posts. - Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Aseanplus News

Asean News Headlines as at 10pm on Saturday (July 24)
127 new local Covid-19 cases in Singapore, including 75 linked to Jurong Fishery Port and five to KTV clusters
India rescuers hunt for survivors as landslide toll hits 125
It keeps rising! Indonesia reports 45,416 newly-confirmed Covid-19 cases, 1,415 more deaths
Thailand reports over 14,000 Covid cases for second successive day; death toll now almost 4,000
Philippines Covid-19 death toll surges past 27,000 as country reports 6,216 new virus cases; govt to ensure enough oxygen supply
Vietnam reports record 7,968 coronavirus cases on Saturday; cases continues to soar in South-East Asia country
US renews call on Myanmar to free journalist amid Covid-19 fears
Thailand's Wongpattanakit wins women's 49kg taekwondo gold medal - first Olympic gold for South-East Asia in Tokyo
Singapore: PM Lee Hsien Loong urges senior citizens not to delay Covid-19 vaccination

Stories You'll Enjoy