CNN Philippines : Bongbong Marcos rejects presidential term-sharing

13 November 2021

By CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 13) — Presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos said he will not agree to share the presidency with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte or with anyone else.

Marcos was asked by reporters about the possible term-sharing after Lakas-CMD co-chairman and Quezon province governor Danilo Suarez floated the idea Friday morning.

Suarez said Marcos and Duterte can share the presidency if they can't decide between themselves on who will run for the top government post.

"That is not a good formula for stability. The reason why it's six years is because we want some stability in the policies of government," Marcos said.

"And if we change government every three years, which is effectively what the term-sharing scheme you're saying will do, then urong-sulong na naman tayo (we will just move forwards and then backwards)," he added.

There are speculations that Marcos and Duterte will team up for next year's elections - a tandem that Marcos' sister Imee described as "made in heaven."

Duterte initially declared she had no plans to run for any national post, but later dropped her reelection bid and left her local party Hugpong ng Pagbabago to join Lakas-CMD. It's still unclear if she will run for president or vice president in 2022.

As for Vice President and presidential aspirant Leni Robredo, the presidency and vice presidency should not be occupied by officials who are subject to an "internal arrangement."

She added that a term-sharing agreement would violate the Constitution.

"Binobotohan natin for six years iyong pangulo at saka pangalawang pangulo. Hindi naman ito subject ng any internal arrangements," she said in a press briefing in Cebu City.

[Translation: We vote for the president and vice president for six-year terms. This is not subject to any internal arrangements.]