DAVAO CITY – Vice presidential aspirant Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos on Friday said the administration party is now “desperate” to win the elections and is now on their Plan B to forge alliances with other parties to ensure their win against Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte through an impeach case.
Marcos, who was supposed to be attending a political rally in Panabo City on Friday evening, held a press conference at the Seda Hotel here and said the administration is trying to “salvage the candidacy” of the Liberal Party (LP) bets.
Marcos earlier bared the alleged Plan B of the administration in Tacloban City, Friday from his “insider” in the LP.
He said that the plan involves the manipulation of survey results to ensure the win of his rival, Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo and the impeachment of Duterte if he wins the elections. This, he said, will ensure that the LP still gets the presidency.
“The desperation is showing and these are all desperate attempts to try and salvage somehow the candidacy of the administration candidates. And I also have heard that (Senator Grace Poe) had turned down the offer. And so again, maliwanag na maliwanag naghahanap na talaga sila ng paraan na baguhin ang resulta dahil sila mismo alam nila wala na silang panalo (It is clear that they are looking for ways to change the result (of the elections) because they themselves know tat they will not win),” said Marcos.
Marcos said even the cases filed against Duterte “are clear indication of desperation”.
“They filed it this week, we know that it will not have an effect in the elections. Inihanda nila ang mga kaso na bubuhayin nila pagkatapos ng election. Yun ang magiging base sa pag impeach sa kanya at pagtanggal sa kanya sa pwesto (They are preparing the cases that they will use after the elections and that will serve as their basis to impeach [Duterte]). That is the Plan B that I am talking about,” he said.
Duterte remains a survey frontrunner based on the latest Social Weather Stations’ (SWS) pre-election survey conducted on May to 3.
Duterte got 33 percent of the respondents approval, while his rival independent candidate, Sen. Poe got 22 percent.
Meanwhile, Marcos and Robredo were statistically tied on top of the surveys where Marcos got 29 percent and Robredo with 28 percent. The survey has a margin of error of +1 point.
‘BBM’s win to safeguard Duterte’
Marcos also claimed that his win will “safeguard” Duterte’s position. He said if he wins as Duterte’s Vice President, those who plan to impeach Duterte will not do so since they wouldn’t want Marcos to be President.
“I think yung mga mag i-impeach kay Mayor Digong (Duterte), hindi siya i-impeach kung ako ang bise. Dahil hindi nila malunok na ako ang gagawin nilang president. So, I suppose the best way to safeguard Mayor Duterte would be to have me as his vice president because siguradong hindi siya tatanggalin dahil ako ang papalit sa kanya, also talagang hindi nila gagawin. That’s the good way to safeguard his position.
(I think those who want to impeach Mayor Duterte will not impeach him if I am his Vice President. They cannot stomach me to make me as President. So, I suppose the best way to safeguard Mayor Duterte would be to have me as his vice president because for sure they will not impeach him.)
Marcos said he will not support any impeachment.
“What we need is to stabilize our political situation so that we can attend to all the problems that are faced by our people,” he said.
“I have already taken my position, it should not be the policy of any president or vice president or any member of the executive to run after the past,” said Marcos.
Son of a dictator
Marcos is the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who got the ire of the victims of Martial Law who are actively campaigning against the return of the Marcoses in Malacañang.
A labor rights non government organization, Center for Trade Union and Human Rights urged the public to “remember the human rights atrocities and plunder during Marcos dictatorship” before voting on Monday.
“On May 9, let us remember the Marcos’ martial law,” said Daisy Arago, CTUHR executive director.
“The Marcoses incorrigibly refuse to acknowledge these crimes. The Filipino people are still paying humongous debts after the Marcoses and their cronies siphoned off public funds for their own benefits,” Arago said.
The group also emphasized that the labor movement was heavily suppressed during martial law.
The National Democratic Front also released a statement cautioning the public not to allow “dark history” repeat itself.
“Another Marcos in Malacanang is courting a grave and inevitable disaster for the Filipino nation. Tens of thousands of Filipino revolutionaries, mass leaders, and innocent civilians were tortured, abducted and killed by the dictatorship. Millions suffered the horrors of Martial Rule,” Rubi del Mundo, spokesperson of NDF in Mindanao said in a statement on April 28.
Del Mundo said Marcos “has the temerity to try to wipe out the real score of his father’s reign.”
“After more than four decades of enjoying the loot from the Marcos plunder, he has adamantly refused to admit the crimes of his father against the Filipino people. He is unashamedly self-righteous as he pinpoints the current graft and corruption of the present reactionary regime of which he is a part while absolving himself of any accountability,” said Del Mundo. (With reports from Ace R. Morandante/davaotoday.com)