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Philippines president threatens to resign if son runs for Reps speaker
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte makes a speech during the Philippines - China Trade and Investment Fourm at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 20 October 2016. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is in China for an official visit from 18-21 October, and will hold talks with his Chinese counterparts with the aim of improving economic ties between the two countries.

Philippines president threatens to resign if son runs for Reps speaker

The  Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, on Monday, said he would resign if his eldest son bids for the speakership of the House of Representatives, having won a seat in the lower chamber of parliament in elections earlier this month.

The 74-year-old leader has asked his son, Paolo, to let him know three days in advance of announcing his bid for the speakership of the House so he can tender his resignation.

“If you run, I will resign.
“There are too many of us. Your sister is mayor of the Southern city of Davao, then the vice mayor is my youngest son.
“If you’re speaker and I’m president, it doesn’t look good,’’ he said in a speech at the presidential Palace, addressing Paolo.
Duterte noted that his son usually does not listen to him.

“If he insists on running, go ahead, let me know three days in advance before you make the announcement and I will tender my resignation,’’ he said.

Paolo Duterte, a former vice mayor of Davao City, was elected congressional representative for the municipality’s first district.

His sister, Sara, won another term as mayor, while their youngest brother, Sebastian, was elected vice mayor.

Duterte previously warned his daughter against running for president in 2022, amid talk that she was a strong contender for the top post.

“Inday, I’m publicly warning you. The presidency will not educate you, it will just destroy you,’’ Duterte told newsmen, calling his daughter by her nickname.

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