6 out of 10 Filipinos believe Duterte’s 2022 VP run violates Constitution

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 27) – More than half of Filipinos believe that President Rodrigo Duterte's vice presidential run in the 2022 elections violates the intent of the Constitution, a recent survey showed.

The Social Weather Stations survey made from June 23 to 26 this year found that 60% of Filipinos shared the view on Duterte's planned vice presidential candidacy.

Majority of the survey respondents in each of the country's major regions have the same sentiment about the President's vice presidential bid, including Balance Luzon or the area outside Metro Manila with 65%, Visayas with 59%, Metro Manila with 56%, and Mindanao with 53%.

Those with educational attainment also said that Duterte's vice presidential run would violate the Constitution, with the highest among elementary graduates with 70%, followed by college graduates with 61%, and junior high school graduates with 52%.

Duterte also failed to gain support in his vice presidential candidacy in the survey among those who are not poor with 64%, borderline poor with 61%, and poor with 58%.

Those against Duterte’s vice presidential bid were highest among people “very dissatisfied” with his performance as President (88%), those “somewhat dissatisfied” (83%), “undecided” (81%), “somewhat satisfied” (62%), and “very satisfied” (42%).

Duterte confirmed in his weekly national address last Aug. 25 that he will run for vice president in next year's elections. 

Days after the declaration, Duterte said he had decided to seek the post due to the lack of viable contenders in the vice presidential race. 

The President formally signed last Sept. 23 the Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance as the vice presidential candidate of his political party PDP-Laban. 

The 1987 Constitution does not categorically prohibit a sitting president from running for lower positions. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra previously said what is not allowed under the Constitution is for Duterte to run again as President.