- President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines would be better off in the hands of dictators like the late president Ferdinand Marcos
- Duterte claimed Vice President Leni Robredo’s brother-in-law brought illegal drugs in Bicol
- He said he prefers to be replaced by the likes of former Senator Bongbong Marcos, Senator Chiz Escudero
President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday in Mandaue City, Cebu that the country would be better off in the hands of dictators like the late Ferdinand Marcos if corruption and illegal drugs persist.
As per an ABS-CBN News story, the chief executive said that if he stops now, his crusade against drugs, and if there is no order in this place, corruption will continue, we’d be goners. “You’re better off choosing a dictator in the likes of Marcos, that’s what I suggested,” he added.
Duterte said he has thought of stepping down as he complained of exhaustion and difficulties in solving the country’s problems.
He said, however, he won’t let the country be led by somebody like Vice President Leni Robredo — his constitutional successor — or a lawyer and social activist belonging to the Liberal Party.
“You can have a constitutional succession, Robredo, but she cannot hack it.”
The leader said Robredo’s brother-in-law brought illegal drugs in Bicol; claiming Naga is a ‘hotbed’.
Duterte hasn’t named any, as per GMA News, but he might be referring to Luis Ortega, the brother of the late Interior Secretary and Robredo’s husband, who had links to the drug trade.
He said he prefers to have military junta or the likes of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., and Senator Francis Escudero as his successor.
Marcos and Escudero both vied for the Vice President position in 2016 poll but lost to Robredo, whom Marcos accused of electoral fraud.
The Vice President’s camp, the Philippine Star shared, hit back at Duterte; citing the problems of his administration such as the high prices of goods, supposed soft stance on the South China Sea, alleged extrajudicial killings, and the worsening traffic problem.