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‘Explainer’ Manolo Quezon concedes: Duterte likely to remain popular in last 3 years in office and run for VP of Go

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With the opposition failing to break down the steady and rising popularity of President Rodrigo Duterte in the last three years, the “Explainer” Manolo Quezon has conceded that the 74-year old would remain widely beloved for the rest of his term.

This is why Quezon thinks Duterte is gunning for vice president in 2020 as a running mate of Senator Bong Go is a strong possibility and explains why the administration is pushing for “tandem voting” or picking the president and vice president as a team and not as individual bets.

“Now, seeing that the President will likely retain his popularity to the end of his term, and knowing the otherwise weak or unreliable (or both) potential contenders to be his successor, the idea of a tandem election makes it possible for the current President to campaign for the vice presidency (thus ensuring an anointed successor can sleep easily at night, politically speaking) while maximizing the unique trust and confidence Mr. Duterte has in Go,” said the former undersecretary of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office in his Inquirer column.

Quezon explained that Filipinos have voted the president and vice president separately out of “sheer force of habit” since the first national elections in 1935.

“The surprising thing is that what was felt to be required as an institution-building provision in 1935 hasn’t been seriously reconsidered since, particularly during the drafting of our present 1987 Charter,” Quezon said.

Duterte emerged as the top choice for VP bet among Visayas and Mindanao voters in 2022 by political consultancy firm PUBLiCUS Asia, Inc. of Malou Tiquia. His daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, was the top choice for president with Go in sixth spot.

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