Duterte says floating VP bid part of his scare tactics

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 13) — President Rodrigo Duterte has said his constant mention of a possible vice presidential run in next year's polls is part of his tactics to scare critics, even as he admitted he is truly open to the idea of taking the government's second highest seat.

"Ako naman, 'yung vice president ko, pantakot lang sa kanila 'yan. But sabi ko, let us see if it is good for the country, I will do it." he said during a televised speech on Monday.

He added, "If it does not contribute anything to our Republic, then huwag na lang, magsasayang lang tayo ng oras pati you contribute to the conundrum of the moment."

[Translation: My vice president plans, that's to scare them off. But as I said, if it's good for the country I will do it. If it does not contribute anything to our Republic, then I won't do it. It will just waste our time and may contribute to the conundrum of the moment.]

In the same speech, he reiterated his advice to his daughter Sara Duterte not to seek the presidency in the 2022 elections. The Davao City mayor earlier said she is "open" to the idea, but Duterte said she should reconsider since he wants to protect her from political critics like Senator Leila de Lima and ex-Senator Sonny Trillanes.

The filing of certificates of candidacy for the May 9 national elections will be held from Oct. 1 to 8.