Duterte: PH better off with a dictator like Marcos than VP Robredo

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 30) — President Rodrigo Duterte delivered another strike against Vice President Leni Robredo, saying he would rather leave the country in the hands of a dictator than his constitutional successor.

Speaking at an event in Mandaue City Thursday, Duterte said, "If I stop now (in) my crusade against drugs, and if there is no order in this place, and corruption will continue? Patay. I said you're better off choosing a dictator in the likes of Marcos. That's what I suggested."

"Pwede naman kayo mag [You can follow the] constitutional succession, si Robredo. But she cannot hack it," he said.

In a speech on August 14, Duterte said he was hesitant to suggest a constitutional succession.

"I have nothing against Robredo. She's a lawyer and you've heard her talk. But I do not think she can improve on anything here," he said.

This is not the first time Duterte expressed his doubts about the Vice President.

In an interview with members of the media on July 10, the President said Robredo was incompetent.

Duterte has also said he would prefer someone like Senator Chiz Escudero, or former Senator Bongbong Marcos succeed him.

But Marcos downplayed Duterte's comment saying the President's statement was "tongue-in-cheek."

CNN Philippines' Pia Garcia and Ina Andolong contributed to this report