RESIDENT Duterte said it at least twice that his vice president, Leni Robredo, does not have “the skills of running a country like the Philippines.” Last July 10, Duterte said he didn’t think Robredo “will ever be ready to govern”; she is “incompetent,” he added. Thus, he said, he wouldn’t resign. Last Saturday (Oct. 6), amid new questions about his health, he said Robredo is weak “when it comes to strategy” and for that he wouldn’t “hand” her the presidency.
His rejection of Robredo as successor became more pronounced when last Aug. 15, he said he preferred Bongbong Marcos, martial law president Ferdinand Marcos Sr.’s son, or Sen. Chiz Escudero. Or even, a military junta, he said, which was a joke or a direct assault on the Constitution.