VP Robredo on stand by to replace President Duterte if the need arises

This was the statement of Vice Presidential spokesperson Barry Gutierrez on Tuesday, when the rumor circulated on social media and in mainstream media that Duterte is in coma on a Facebook post of CPP-NPA founder Joma Sison posted on Sunday.


Robredo: I won VP race but don't have plans to replace Duterte. Image credit to The Philippine Star 

According to Gutierrez, VP Robredo is ready to replace Duterte as aprt of the oath that she had taken under the Constituion. “So noong tinanggap pa lang ni dating Congresswoman Leni Robredo ang hamon na tumakbo bilang Bise Presidente, kasama na doon iyong pagpapahayag niya ng kaniyang kahandaan. At lalo na ngayon, dalawang taon na siyang Bise Presidente,” Vice presidential spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said. “Klarong klaro sa kaniya kung ano ang kaniyang trabaho. Klarong klaro sa kaniya kung ano ang sinumpaan niya sa ilalim ng Konstitusyon. So walang duda, handa si VP Leni kung anuman ang mangyari,” he added.


President Rodrigo Duterte swears in Vice President Leni Robredo as the housing czar in July 2016. Image credit to Inquirer 

Under the 1987 Constitution, the Vice President is on standby to take over the presidency if the need arises. Article VII Section 8 of the Constitution says that the Vice President shall serve the remaining days of a President’s term “in case of death, permanent disability, removal from office, or resignation.” Gutierrez, a former Akbayan representative, said the public must be informed about Duterte’s health condition to dispel claims of his illness.

 “Sa dulo naman, ang kailangan sigurong mag-comment iyong MalacaƱang. Ang pagkakaintindi ko, sa Konstitusyon, sila ang required na i-inform ang publiko kung ano ba talaga iyong state ng health ng Presidente,” he said. “Ngayon may mga lumalabas nang bali-balita. Siyempre hindi namin papakinggan iyan. Hihintayin namin iyong pahayag ng Palasyo, gaya ng required silang gawin sa ilalim ng ating Konstitusyon,”he added. Duterte already addressed the issue of 'coma' by appearing in a Facebook live video of his special assistant Bong Go, showing the state of his health to the public and message to Joma Sison.
VP Robredo on stand by to replace President Duterte if the need arises VP Robredo on stand by to replace President Duterte if the need arises Reviewed by Taong Grasa on August 21, 2018 Rating: 5

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