MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his position, that there is nothing wrong with political dynasties since you can never really stop the people from electing whom they want to vote for.
In a speech at the mass oath-taking of presidential appointees in Malacañang on Wednesday, Duterte said he never really wanted to run as president if would leave Davao City to just anyone.
However, he changed his mind when his daughter, now Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, eventually decided to replace him.
“You have been a mayor, ang anak mo vice mayor, congressman o kung sino-sino, wala mang problema diyan sa dynasty,” Duterte said. “Hindi mo mapigilan ang tao eh.”
[You have been a mayor, your child is the vice mayor, congressman or whatever, there really is no problem with political dynasty. You cannot never stop the people.]
Duterte further narrated Sara even sent him a letter expressing her intention to resign as mayor even before he took his oath as president in June 30 last year.
“Dear Mr. President, I hereby tender my irrevocable resignation as Mayor of the City of Davao effective immediately. I cannot devote my full commitment to do my work and I am unable to discharge the functions of the office due to personal and health reason,” was supposedly the content of her daughter’s resignation letter.
The President added that its not just a matter of political dynasty, but because people like them to serve in government.
Duterte admitted he himself was forced to run because his mother was in the party’s list, being the wife of the governor.
“They did not ask permission from me. I am not… I am not ready for anything sa public life,” the President recalled. “Political dynasty… Kaligaya ko na lang mag-four years na. If I can just abbreviate the time.”