Bong Go says Duterte to step down if Paolo runs for Speaker

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 02 2019 06:25 PM

MANILA - Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Tuesday said President Rodrigo Duterte, being a “man with honor” would make good on his promise to step down if his son, Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte, runs for House Speaker. 

Go said he has known Duterte for over 20 years and he believes the chief executive would indeed step down if Paolo seeks the speakership.

Duterte has been known to make bold statements, only for him or his mouthpiece to take them back.

“Knowing the President, kilala ko siya for the last 21 years, kung anong binitawan na salita ni Pangulong Duterte ay tutuparin niya iyon,” Go told reporters in a chance interview after filing his first bills ahead of the opening of the 18th Congress on July 22.

Go’s pronouncement contrasts with the statement of Duterte’s official spokesperson, Salvador Panelo, who said the President may not resign after all.

“Hindi ba sabi ko sa inyo, you make a position, you make a stand on the basis of circumstances. When those circumstances change, you also change your stand. So pwede ring magbago,” Panelo said in a Palace briefing Tuesday.

Duterte on May 27 said he would step down should Paolo run for House Speaker since there are are already too many members of their family holding public office. 

The younger Duterte, who earlier rejected rumors of a possible speakership bid, however, said on Tuesday he might seek the House leadership in the 18th Congress. 

Duterte’s political party, PDP-Laban, earlier endorsed Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco for House Speaker.

Malacañang has insisted that the President would refrain from endorsing any candidate for the speakership. - with Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News