MANILA, Philippines — Vice presidential bet Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., supports the plan of his tandem, presidential candidate Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, to conduct a referendum to know the opinion of the people on whether or not to bury his father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.
He noted that such plan was also one of the earlier proposals so as to know the pulse of the public on where the former chief executive should be buried.
“That’s also one of the proposals before that the referendum be held where people will be asked as to what their thoughts are. Yes, I am up for that suggestion,” he said in a press briefing at the provincial capitol of Eastern Samar.
With this, Marcos noted that the position of the family as to where the Marcos patriarch should be laid is still the same, and what is stated in the law.
“Again the position of the family has never changed, and it is only kung ano ‘yung nakalagay sa batas, sa mga rules na dapat bilang Sundalo siya ay ilibing sa Libingan ng mga Bayani, dapat bilang Pangulo ay ilibing sa Libingan ng mga Bayani,” he added.
At the same time, Marcos said that the matter was not their family’s number one priority but the election on how to vote for candidates that will help uplift the lives of the Filipinos.
“That is not the issue that we are thinking right now…Ang number one priority ay itong halalan na makapaghalal tayo ng makakatulong talaga sa susunod na administrasyon…” the senator added.
Santiago was asked during Sunday’s Presidential debate hosted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Pangasinan, once elected will she allow the former President to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, she answered that she would ask the opinion of the people thru a referendum.
Meanwhile, Marcos said he was willing to work on whoever wins the May 9 polls, in case he also get the vice presidential post.
“Of course, that’s precisely my campaign speech that we must work with anyone no matter what their political color. Hindi ko problema yan, it has never been my problem. Never akong nahirapan na magtrabaho kahit na kanino, siguro ‘yung ibang tao may problema dahil sa pamumulitika nila,” he added.
This was Marcos’ reaction when asked to comment on the answer of Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas if they both win, will he appoint the senator as a member of his cabinet.
Roxas also attended the 3rd and last presidential debate held in Phinma University in Pangasinan on April 24.
Aside from Santiago and Roxas, other presidential bets, Senator Grace Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte participated in the event. Ferdinand Patinio/PNA/northboundasia.com