MANILA - Malacañang on Monday said President Rodrigo Duterte and son Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte must be given time to discuss the latter’s offer to resign from his post.
The younger Duterte said he is resigning from his post effective Monday, December 25, “out of delicadeza,” citing "recent unfortunate events in my life that are closely tied to my failed first marriage."
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. told dzMM he has been instructed to not make further comments on the vice mayor’s resignation and let the President and his son be given time to discuss the matter.
“Hayaan muna natin sila magkaroon ng pagkakataong magkausap. Pagka-tapos ng kanilang pag-uusap eh sigurado bibigyan ako ng mandato ng Presidente para magpahayag ng kanyang mensahe,” Roque said.
The vice mayor's sister, Davao Mayor Sara Duterte, confirmed the news of her brother's resignation in an interview with reporters.
"While awaiting the acceptance of the resignation, he is on leave from the Office of the Vice Mayor because only the Office of the President can accept the resignation," she said.
"Sure na siya sa resignation," she added.
She also said the President knew beforehand that the Vice Mayor is resigning. "Best to ask the President about his reaction," she said.
Roque, for his part, said nothing can stop Paolo if he wants to quit his post, but he said nothing is final yet until the President and his son discuss the matter.
"Well, lahat po naman ng resignation sa tingin ko kailangan tinatanggap. Sa pagkakataong ito ang hinihingi lang ng Palasyo ay 'yung pagkakataon lang po na magkaroon ng ugnayan ang Presidente sa kanyang anak na si Vice Mayor Pulong" Roque said.
"Siguro po ang nais natin malaman kung itutuloy ang resignation kasi verbal daw po ang kanyang resignation. Hindi ko lang po alam kung written 'yung resignation."
Asked for her comment on her brother's decision, the Davao City Mayor responded: "These are things that are beyond my control… I can only be here for my brother to support him in whatever his decisions may be."
Duterte, the eldest son of President Duterte, earlier said he will retire from politics in 2019.