MANILA, Philippines – The second highest office in the land is both everything and nothing that the title suggests. In the Philippines, the post’s duties are undefined by the Constitution, although vice presidents are often assigned Cabinet posts – so long as they’re close allies of the president.
This episode of 36 Years features Part 2 of our conversation with historian and columnist Manolo Quezon. We talk about the Office of the Vice President (OVP) and how it’s changed through the years – from the pre-EDSA times to the office under Vice President Sara Duterte today.
Quezon also explains that if you’re to understand how the OVP functions, you must first look at Malacañang.
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EPISODE ONE | 36 Years: It will get worse before it gets better
EPISODE TWO | 36 Years: The decades old fight for equality
EPISODE THREE | 36 Years: Mindanao ‘regionalism’ and representation
EPISODE FOUR | 36 Years: The promise of an inauguration
EPISODE FIVE | 36 Years: Covering Marcos 2.0
EPISODE SIX | 36 Years: Birthing pains of a new administration