PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said he won’t consider running for the VP post next year if House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez decides to go for it.
According to President Duterte, he has already promised to support Romualdez when he asked the latter to drop his Speakership bid that already had two protagonists – former House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and concurrent House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco.
The Chief Executive indicated his support for Romualdez if the Leyte representative would run for vice president, moments after signing four bills into law.
“Another serious contender [for speaker] was Congressman Romualdez. Sabi ko, huwag ka na maghabol riyan. Next election, if you run for Vice President, I will support you,” Duterte said during the signing of the four bills into law at the Palace.
“That is to break the impasse. I gave my word to Romualdez. Pag tumakbo siya for Vice President, count me out. Because I promised him. That is the formula,” he added.
Interestingly, Romualdez, who settled for the Majority Floor Leader post at the lower legislative chamber, was present when the President made the announcement.
The ruling party PDP-Laban earlier adopted a resolution urging Duterte to run for vice president in the 2022 elections.