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Opposition afraid to field Robredo for president? Locsin asks why Duterte’s critics badly want him dead

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Is the opposition afraid to field Vice President Leni Robredo in the 2022 presidential race?

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. questioned on Wednesday (August 26) the opposition’s seeming delight over rumors of President Rodrigo Duterte’s ill health after the Chief Executive revealed his cancer risk.

In an interview over ANC’s “Headstart,” Locsin said the opposition should look forward to the 2022 elections.

“If people stand for democracy as they should claim to– although I doubt it– they should welcome an election in 2022 instead of wishing for someone to die,” he said.

“What is it with the opposition that makes them so fearful of facing an election in 2022? They have a good candidate,” Locsin added, referring to Vice President Leni Robredo.

Locsin noted that Robredo managed to win the 2016 vice presidential race even if she was “barely supported by the Liberal Party.”

“This poor woman just fought there and she got it, she got 200,000 votes. Why is the opposition so afraid to field her in 2022? Don’t be like that,” he said.

In a televised Cabinet meeting Tuesday (August 25), Duterte said his doctor told him that he was nearing stage one cancer due to his Barrett’s esophagus, which the Mayo Clinic defines Barrett’s esophagus as involving the replacement of the esophagus’ tissue by tissues similar to the intestinal lining.

There were recent rumors that Duterte flew to Singapore to seek medical treatment. Malacanang, however, denied the claim and said the President was just spending time with his family in Davao City.

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