Bongbong Marcos open to Cabinet post but to pursue poll protest


DAGUPAN CITY, June 21 — Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said here he is open to joining the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte but admitted that at the moment, he has not received any invitation from the Chief Executive.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after addressing the 38th Commencement Exercises of the Lingayen and Infanta campuses of the Pangasinan State University at CSI Stadia in Dagupan City on Wednesday, Marcos said “yes” to a question from a newsman if he would agree to joining the Duterte administration.

He added, however, that he would still pursue the electoral protest he filed against Vice President Leni Robredo.

“In my opinion, there is no need to drop the protest I filed with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal if I join the government. It is only if I run for an election that I may do that,” said Marcos from a table which he shared with his son Zandro, who is vacationing from his studies at the London School of Business and Economics.

“Yes, of course. I can help the present administration. We are very supportive of the President. I have full trust and confidence in him and if he believes that I can be of help, I will be happy to be part of his administration,” he said.

Marcos added that he would be happy to do anything that could help the government. “Because I am still strong, I think I can contribute something to this administration,” he said.

Marcos told newsmen that at the moment, he is focusing on his election protest and is wondering why the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) has not yet heard the case.

The first hearing was originally set on June 21 but this was moved to July 11.

“I hope that after July 11, the processes will now continue till the case is resolved,” Marcos said.

He admitted that the case he filed before the PET is going to be the first one yet to be decided by the body as the election protests of Senator Loren Legarda against then Vice President Noli de Castro, and then Secretary Manuel Roxas III against then Vice President Jejomar Binay were not continued.

He said that since his election protest has no precedent in the history of the country, it has dragged on for many months now.

Marcos, is, however, confident that after the hearing on July 11, the process will continue till the ballot boxes are retrieved from the protested precincts, to be followed by recounting of the votes.

He challenged the camp of Vice President Robredo not to oppose anymore the recount of votes to expedite the proceedings so the people will finally know who the real winner is in the last election for vice president.

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