President Rodrigo Duterte does not see any potential successor among senators even if some of them are rumored to be eyeing the presidency in 2022, Politiko has learned.
SAGIP party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta shared Duterte’s views on the 2022 elections as he recalled in a message to party-list lawmakers what happened in the September 29 meeting in Malacanang with the camps of House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco to settle the speakership row.
Marcoleta said Duterte opened the meeting with a statement about the “gentleman’s agreement” between Cayetano and Velasco to share the speakership.
“In the presence of Sen. Bong Go, PRRD (Duterte’s initials) even ventured that unlike in the House today, he does not see any presidentiable in the Senate,” he said.
Marcoleta said Duterte’s opening statement lasted for about 25 minutes.
A number of senators have been floated as possible presidential contenders in 2022. They include: Senators Go, Manny Pacquiao, Cynthia Villar and Grace Poe.
Duterte’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, has been touted as a strong presidential candidate but she remains coy about her political plans.