On Albay Rep. Edsel Lagman and Senator Gordon saying that President Duterte cannot run for Vice President because it will be a circumvention of the constitutional ban on the Chief Executive to seek reelection. [OneNewsPh] [CNNPH]
As far as retired broadcaster Jay Sonza is concerned, President Duterte can run for Vice President if he wishes to in the 2022 election.
Sonza remarked that the Philippine Constitution only stated that an elected President is limited to only one term.
“Ang nakasaad sa Philippine Constitution ay limited to one (1) term of six (6) years na paunungkulan ang halal na presidente.”
The PH Constitution did not say that an ex-President cannot run for a lower position.
“Walang nakasaad na pagbabawal kung gugustuhin tumakbo ng isang dating pangulo ng kahit anong mas mababang posisyon maliban sa pagiging pangulong muli.”
Sonza said that President Duterte can even run for Mayor in Davao City if he wishes to.
“Kung gustong maging alkaldeng muli ng Davao City ni Rodrigo R. Duterte, at inihalal ng mga Dabawenyo, karapatan nilang lahat iyon.”
If Comelec accepts Rodrigo Duterte’s COC as vice president in 2022 and Filipinos vote for him, Sonza called this faithful act of Filipinos towards Duterte.
“Kung tatanggapin ng Comelec ang kanyang COC bilang kandidatong vice president sa 2022 at ibinoto siya ng Pilipino, wagas iyon.”
Sonza cited former President GMA as the best example.
“Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, tumakbo at nahalal ng ilang ulit bilang kinatawan ng Pampanga District 2.”
Sonza’s argument has been well-received by 3,704 netizens as of this writing in just 24 hours.
Commenting on the thread, one netizen expressed his dismay at Senator Gordon: “Akala ko nuon matalino talaga c flash gordon, pang inidoro rn pala ang utak. Bakit hnd xa nag ingay nuon kay GMA na tumakbo bilang congresswoman?
To which another netizen replied: “Ayaw ni Dick, Pingky at Mane ng Inday/Digs tandem kasi mawawalan na sila ng chance na maging President or VP sa 2022.”
“i agree.. sen gordon just twist the article in the constitution… balak atang tumakbong VP takot makaharap si digong” commented another.
Another netizen remarked that the Opposition were just surprised by the news of an alleged PRRD candidacy for VP.
“Nabigla sila ngayon sa balita n tatakbo ang pangulo pagka vice sure win yan c prrd kaya sila kumokontra dahil sigurado sa inodoro ang bagsak nila wala kc matinong ginawa ng panahon nila kaya ngayon magsipagbigti nlng kayong mga dilawan”