MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Internet is abuzz with rumors that Ely Pamatong is about to set foot in Malacañang to forcibly take over the presidency from Rodrigo Duterte.
Pamatong, a disbarred Filipino lawyer, is a perennial candidate in Philippine elections who was declared a nuisance candidate twice for his presidential bid in 2004 and 2010. More recently, he filed a quo warranto petition before the Supreme Court, in June 2018. He seeks to oust Duterte, on the grounds that his certificate of candidacy in the 2016 presidential elections was illegal.
Upon hearing of his takever plan, Opposition Senators Bam Aquino, Kiko Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros ,Antonio Trillanes and Franklin Drilon offered full support for Pamatong. They said that this was their best and only chance to oust Duterte and regain political power.
Incarcerated Senator Leila De Lima also expressed a similar sentiment, adding that she wouldn’t mind being appointed Pamatong’s Vice President.
De Lima’s statement, however, didn’t sit well with Leni Robredo who claims she is the duly-elected Vice President. The Office of the Vice President (OVP) told The Adobo Chronicles that Robredo will only endorse Pamatong’s bid to be President if he promised it will only be transitional. “Eventually, once Pamatong has taken over the Presidency, Robredo wants to be officially declared the new President,” the OVP said.