President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he had yet to endorse a presidential candidate to be his successor as he was still using public funds.
In a “Talk to the People” address, the president reiterated that he remained neutral in the presidential race.
“Ang akin kasi, presidente ako tapos magkampi ako ng isa, magdududa ‘yung iba, ginagamit ko ‘yung resources ng gobyerno, magulo na,” he said.
However, Duterte said he was still supportive of the vice-presidential bid of his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
“I have to mention her because she is my daughter. Ano man ang dynamics namin sa—‘yung mga party nila—anak ko ‘yan e,” he said.
Duterte-Carpio is running alongside Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., whom her father has called a “weak leader.”
Duterte said he had some individuals he wanted to endorse but he was trying to “avoid politicking” to steer clear from possible election violations.
Marcos and Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo are the top two frontrunners to succeeding Duterte, according to several nationwide surveys. John Ezekiel J. Hirro