By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte is interested in finding out the results of the recount of the votes in the vice presidential race based on an electoral protest filed by former Senator Ferdinand (Bongbong) Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo.
The President inquired about the poll recount to know the country’s real vice president during his speech at the ceremonial signing of the Ease of Doing Business Act of 2018 in Malacañang.
“Ano bang latest count nito kay Bongbong pati kay ano? Ma-vice president ba talaga ‘yan [What’s the latest count between Bongbong and the other? Is he/she really the vice president?],” the President said during the assembly attended by Congress leaders in the Palace last Monday, without completing his statement.
Duterte then made a cryptic statement about being torn between telling the public the truth about some matters about the country and keeping mum to avoid being accused of politicking.
“There are so many things, developments in this country which I cannot talk publicly. But I’m kind of torn between making them public so that you would know the stakes that we are facing. It’s not outside actually pati ‘yung what’s the truth,” he said.
“I think it’s not a proper time because it — sabihin na it smacks of politics. But these are the things that you should know because in weighing the where you — which side are you on would mean a lot to the country,” he said.
Marcos, a known ally of the President, has filed a poll protest against Robredo’s slim margin of victory, citing alleged cheating in the last elections. The Supreme Court, sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal, has started the manual recount of the votes in the vice presidential poll.
The President made the comment about the VP recount of votes after offering to resign anew if anyone could prove he was behind the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
The Supreme Court recently nullified the appointment of Sereno based on a quo warranto petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General.
“Kung may magsabi lang dito isa, anyone of you, magsabi na tumawag ka sa akin, nakalimutan mo may kinausap ka, mag-resign ako bukas. Totohanan ‘yan. Tutal gusto ko na lang mag-resign rin [If anyone can say, anyone of you will say you called me, you forget talking to someone, I’ll resign tomorrow. That’s true. Besides, I want to resign anyway],” he said.
“She got herself into it actually. And it was not because of us. Not because of Congress, because of her peers. Wala naman tayong kasali diyan. Lalo na Supreme Court [We were not involved there, especially in the Supreme Court,” he added.