President Rodrigo Duterte said during a friend’s birthday party that he would “like” Senator Grace Poe to be the country’s President someday.
Speaking on Tuesday night at the birthday celebration of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) president Alfredo Lim in Dasmariñas, Cavite, Duterte said: “I like Grace Poe to be President someday if the requirement remains to be same. But, I said, I think we will amend the Constitution and make that exemption, na ‘yung foundling are already qualified.”
Duterte recalled how he decided to run for president due to the Supreme Court decision that declared the “foundling” Poe, is a natural-born Filipino citizen who can thus seek the presidency.
Duterte still thinks the Supreme Court made the wrong decision, which is why he wanted to amend the 1987 Constitution to allow foundlings to run for high public offices.
He said: “But I think we will amend the Constitution and make that exception, that foundlings are already qualified.”
By simple definition, a foundling is an abandoned baby or child. The Supreme Court’s decision last year whether or not to allow Grace Poe to run for presidency was a split decision. read more about this