Philippine VP Sara Duterte quits Marcos Cabinet as their alliance crumbles

Duette, the daughter of former president Rodrigo Duterte, ran alongside Marcos, giving the later authoritarian leader’s child access to the Duterte mother’s vast support center and sealing a return for the disgraced Marcos kingdom. She was predicted to win the presidency in the 2022 primaries, based on separate opinion surveys.

After he reversed many of Rodrigo Duterte’s policies, including those relating to the South China Sea and the drug war, and he reopened possible peace talks with communist rebels, the alliance’s flaws 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 senior fellow at the ISEAS Yusof- Ishak Institute. The broader range between their positions in politics and policy has something to do with this.

Arugay hoped Sara Duterte’s resignation would create a social divide that could possibly divide the nation because of Marcos. ” It is lineage and dynasty”.

Additionally, according to Franco of the University of the Philippines, it is possible that Sara Duterte, who also enjoys great confidence ratings, will run for president in 2028 and support her fixed of candidates for the mid-term 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 the wind’s direction.