Duterte-Duterte tandem in 2022 'possible,' says Roque

Published July 12, 2021, 3:23 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque did not discount that two Dutertes running together for the two highest positions in government was going to happen, saying this was still in the realm of possibility.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and President Duterte (File photo/Malacañang photo)

Roque made the statement after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said she was now open to running for president in the 2022 elections.

Meanwhile, her father, President Duterte, said he was seriously considering running for vice president.

In his press briefing on Monday, July 12, Roque said the Duterte-Duterte tandem can now happen.

“Sa politika (In politics), anything is possible, nothing is impossible,” he said.

In March this year, Malacañang denied that the Duterte-Duterte tandem for 2022 was floated by the government but said that if a government official indeed said it, it was most likely their personal opinion.

In September last year, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo floated the Duterte-Duterte tandem in his “Counterpoint” program aired in State-run channels.

President Duterte once served as the vice mayor of Davao City when his daughter was the mayor from 2010 to 2013.

However, in June this year, Carpio said the Duterte-Duterte tandem was not going to happen, citing her father’s reasons for not allowing her to pursue the position.

“It will never happen that merong (there will be a) Duterte-Duterte [tandem],” she told ABS-CBN in an interview.

“Sinabi naman na ni PRRD kung ano ‘yung mga reasons niya kung bakit ayaw niya ako tumakbong president (President Duterte already stated his reasons why he did not want me to run for president,” she added.

President Duterte said he told Carpio not to run, saying the job was not for a woman and that he did not want her to experience the same things he did.

President Duterte and Mayor Carpio likewise belonged to different parties. Duterte is from PDP-Laban while Carpio has her own Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) party.