Duterte: Robredo not fit to lead PH due to 'incompetence'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 10) — President Rodrigo Duterte spoke plainly on what he thinks of Vice President Leni Robredo's ability to lead the country.

In an interview with media Tuesday, the President was asked what he thought of the Vice President saying she was ready to lead a united opposition coalition.

"Kung siya mag-Presidente [If she will become President]? Look, I will not resign because it will make her President. My resignation is addressed to the people para makapili sila ng gusto nila [so they can choose who they want]. Siya, I don't think she will ever be ready to govern a country. Reason? Incompetence," he said.

At a separate press conference earlier, Robredo said she felt like she has long since taken over the role of uniting all opposition groups and be their leader.

The President, however, said Robredo did not have the skills or running a country like the Philippines.

Duterte earlier said he wanted the leader of the federal transition government to be an elected official.

"I instructed Consultative Committee to elect a transitional President. I am willing to cut my term to be co-terminus with the start of transition period. Committee agreed," Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a tweet, quoting the President.

As of posting time, the Vice President has not issued a response to Duterte's statement.

CNN Philippines' Pia Garcia and Chad de Guzman contributed to this report.