Duterte not endorsing any candidate for president in Election 2022

    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said that he isn't supporting any candidate for president in the upcoming 2022 elections.

    Just a month away before the May 9 elections, Duterte is still not keen on endorsing any candidate as his successor. He made the statement during a meeting of the national and regional anti-communist task forces in Cebu City.

    President Rodrigo Duterte says he remains “neutral” on any presidential candidate
    President Rodrigo Duterte says he remains “neutral” on any presidential candidate | Photo Courtesy: PCOO

    He said, "I am not supporting any Presidential candidate. Neutral ako."

    Duterte clarified that his statement is not politicking and he's not campaigning for anyone.

    "So this is not a campaign because I am not campaigning for any particular candidate. So stop *fu****g* with me, kasi ito hindi pulitika,” Duterte said.

    After his meeting with the anti-communist task forces, Duterte is set to attend campaign rallies of PDP-Laban while in Lapu-Lapu City. He said that he would rather not mention any names of any presidential candidate at any of the sorties.

    “Siyempre, nandito ako, magmagandang loob ako, itong lahat na tumatakbo ngayong eleksyon, sana manalo sila,” he said.

    Earlier, two presidential rivals have been endorsed by two separate factions of PDP-Laban.

    PDP-Laban’s Governor Ben Evardone endorsed VP Leni Robredo saying that she embodies the qualities Duterte is looking for in his successor. Evardone also clarified that their endorsement has been consulted with Duterte and he gave his blessings.

    Meanwhile, the PDP-Laban faction backed by party president Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi chose Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr to endorse. He explained that Marcos’ platforms are aligned with Duterte’s development program.

    Acting presidential spokesman Martin Andanar and Senator Christopher “Bong” Go admitted that Duterte met with Marcos prior to Cusi’s endorsement. However, no official endorsement was made by the Chief Executive.

    Duterte earlier indirectly described Marcos as a “weak leader” and he’s not impressed with him.

    “Hindi ako naninira ng tao, talagang weak kasi spoiled child, only son. Of course, he can talk, he delivers English articulately, ang aral kasi kung saan-saan sa labas. Pero kung sabihin mo na may crisis, he’s a weak leader at saka may bagahe siya," he earlier said.

    Earlier in March, Marcos spokesperson Vic Rodriguez said their camp is still hoping for an endorsement from the president.

    He said, “We’re still hopeful and waiting for the very valuable endorsement from the President. Sana ay i-endorso nya si presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos and of course our vice presidential candidate Mayor Inday Sara Duterte.”

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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