Duterte: Sotto can become 'good vice president'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 26) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday praised Senate President Tito Sotto III, who plans to run for vice president in the 2022 polls and may become his rival if he decides to seek the second highest office in the country.

In his sixth and final State of the Nation Address, Duterte lauded Sotto, whom he said "can become a good vice president."

"With due respect to Senator Sotto, who's also running for the vice presidency, he is a capable man, a good man, and a Filipino," Duterte added,

Sotto first confirmed to CNN Philippines that he will run next year in tandem with Sen. Ping Lacson.

READ: Lacson-Sotto tandem confirmed for 2022 polls 

Duterte also earlier admitted that he has"toyed with the idea" of seeking the vice presidency, a position which he said will give him "immunity" from lawsuits.

READ: Duterte: VP post will provide ‘immunity’ amid lawsuit threats 

The filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2022 elections is set for October.