Duterte thumbs down PDP-Lakas coalition; here's why

Published November 19, 2021, 7:18 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte said there will be no coalition between the ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and Lakas-CMD (Christian Muslim Democrats) because of the latter’s link with presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

President Duterte and former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. (file photos)

Duterte made the statement as he convened PDP-Laban’s local candidates for the May 2022 elections in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro on Thursday, Nov. 18.

In his speech, which was only aired Friday afternoon, Nov. 19, the President said a coalition between the two parties was impossible because of the former senator’s involvement. This developed even if his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, is running for vice president under Lakas-CMD next year.

“No, I cannot because nandiyan si Marcos eh. Hindi ako bilib sa kanya (Because Marcos is there. I am not a fan of his),” the President responded when a local leader asked him about a possible coalition between the two parties.

“He’s really a weak leader. Kaya ako sabi ko — totoo ‘yan, hindi ako naninira ng tao, talagang weak ‘yan kasi spoiled child, only son (That’s why I said — that’s true, I’m not destroying his reputation. He’s really weak because he’s a spoiled child, an only son),” he added.

The President described Marcos as a smooth talker, but one that cannot do anything during a crisis.

“Of course, he can talk. He delivers English articulate(ly). Nag-aral kasi kung saan-saan sa labas. Pero kung sabihin mo na may crisis, ganoon. He is a weak leader at saka may bagahe siya. (He studied at different places abroad. But if there’s a crisis, he’s a weak leader and he has baggage),” Duterte said.

“Iyan ‘yang sinasabi ko sa inyo, totoo ‘yan. I’m not — hindi ako nag (That’s what I can tell you) — I do not foist lies,” he added.

On Sunday, Nov. 14, President Duterte said he would soon reveal why he cannot support Marcos’s bid for the presidency.

“I’m just asking for a few more hours at masasabi ko na kung ano ang talagang totoo. Sa kampanya sabihin ko bakit hindi ako pwedeng magsuporta kay Marcos (and I can tell the truth. In the campaign I will tell you why I can’t support Marcos),” he said in an interview with pro-Duterte vlogger Byron Cristobal or “Banat By”.

He likewise raised suspicion that it was Marcos who was behind his daughter’s decision to run for vice president, a move which he admitted he didn’t like.

“I’m sure yung pagtakbo ni Sara desisyon nila Bongbong yun (I’m sure that Sara running is the decision of Bongbong’s),” Duterte said.