President Rodrigo Duterte could have an unlikely opposition leader in the Philippines' legislature: one of his own ministers.
Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo told local news outlets on Monday that she was ready to head up a new opposition party. Her comments came a day after she resigned as housing secretary, a position she was appointed to in July by Duterte himself; vice presidents are allowed to take on concurrent posts in cabinet if the president chooses, according to the constitution.
"I will continue to fight against things I do not believe in. If being an opposition leader entails that, then I will be an opposition leader," local media quoted Robredo as saying on Monday.
The 52-year-old's Liberal Party is currently allied with Duterte's PDP-Laban party in congress. But if the Liberal Party left the alliance, it could become an official opposition party, with Robredo at the helm, politician Teddy Baguilat said, according to local news.
Unlike other democracies, candidates for the presidency or vice presidency in the Philippines are elected separately so it's possible for the people in the roles to come from different parties.