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Duterte: Consider me a VP candidate to avoid lameduck status

President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday that he is considering a vice presidential bid in 2022 to avoid being a lame duck during his last year in office.

“Alam mo ‘yun... as a lame duck, posturing ‘yan. Political posturing so that they will not treat you badly,” Duterte said in a speech during the inauguration of the LRT2 East Extension Project.

“To maintain the equilibrium, consider me as a candidate for (the) vice presidency,” he added.

Duterte appeared to have also thought about serving as the vice president to a president who happened to belong to another ticket.

"Ngayon kung tatako ako Vice President, manalo ako, kung hindi ko kaalyado ang Presidente, all I have to do is to join the military and the police in the fight against crime, drugs and criminality," Duterte said.

"Also maybe go around Asean countries for a more cohesive relations between them," he added.

The President’s party members in PDP-Laban have asked him to run for vice president next year, but the President has yet to decide on it. —MDM/NB, GMA News