President Rodrigo Duterte would withdraw his bid for vice presidency if his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, or House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez decide to run in the 2022 national elections.

Duterte’s spokesman Harry Roque said the president would not seek the vice presidency if Sara pursues the presidency in 2022 out of “delicadeza.”

“It is a constitutional right of citizens and as far as the president’s sense of delicadeza is concerned, only one Duterte can run and that is the context by which I say let the father and daughter deal with the issues,” Roque said in a virtual presser.

The Davao City mayor recently hit Duterte and his aide, Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, for supposedly “mak[ing] me the reason for them running or not running.”

“I strongly suggest to the president and Senator Go to own up publicly their decision to run as a tandem. If they can confirm it privately, then I do not see the reason why they cannot be candid about it to the public,” the presidential daughter said.

Sara said Duterte had talked to her and pushed her to either endorse the Go-Duterte tandem or take in Go as her vice president.

Romualdez, meanwhile, was promised an endorsement by Duterte should he run for the vice presidency.

“Kung tatakbo po si Congressman Romualdez, susuportahan pa rin niya pero wala naman pong indication na tatakbo si Congressman Romualdez as vice president,” Roque said.

Duterte in June said he would support Romualdez in the 2022 elections.

“I was there when the president said that…and I believe the president said that he is a man of his word. So, dahil binitawan niyang salita na kung tatakbo si Congressman Romualdez susuportahan niya. I believe if Congressman Romualdez will run, he will not run for vice president.” Roque said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro