Philippine VP Duterte exits Marcos cabinet as their alliance crumbles

Daughter of former president Rodrigo Duterte, Duterte ran alongside Marcos, giving the son of the late conservative president the opportunity to touch the Duterte mother’s vast support center and secure a return for the disgraced Marcos dynasty. She was predicted to win the presidency in the 2022 elections, based on separate opinion polls.

However, after he reversed some of his father Rodrigo Duterte’s guidelines from the South China Sea to the war on drugs and he rekindled possible peace talks with communist rebels, the holes in the empire were exposed several times into Marcos ‘ president.

Marcos has also thought about resuming the International Criminal Court ( ICC), which Duterte had authorized to leave in 2019, following the prosecutor’s announcement of a preliminary investigation into the thousands of killings committed in Duterte’s drug war.

In January, Rodrigo Duterte accused Marcos of using medication, while his brother, now the mayor of Davao town, called on Marcos to retire, which Sara Duterte did not object to.

” This departure is no off the cuff”, said Aries Arugay, visiting older brother, ISEAS Yusof- Ishak Institute. This has to do with their jobs getting wider in terms of legislation and politics.

Arugay hoped Sara Duterte’s resignation would give her the political place to resist Marcos, which could potentially cause division in the nation. ” It is lineage and dynasty”.

Additionally, according to Franco of the University of the Philippines, Sara Duterte, who also enjoys great trust ratings, may support her team of candidates for the midterm elections in 2025.

Right then, Sara Duterte’s position as the vice president, who is elected separately from the president, is mostly symbolic without a government position.

Marcos, on the other hand, is ineligible to run for the presidency because the constitution establishes a one-six-year term limit for president.

The Philippines will hold mid- term elections in 2025 to choose half the Senate, elect congressmen, and local officials.

” The 2025 elections could be a referendum on which dynasty is stronger”, said Arugay. It will serve as an indicator of where the winds are blowing.