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MANILA — Presidential candidate Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago and her tandem Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will launch their campaign sorties in Batac, Ilocos Norte on Tuesday, the beginning of the 90-day campaign period for the national positions.

Marcos will welcome Santiago at his home in Batac after attending mass at the Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church.

Also part of the first leg of the Vice-Presidential campaign, Marcos is scheduled to visit La Union on Feb, 11 and Pangasinan on Feb. 12 and 13.

The Independent Vice-Presidential bet assured that he will be able to work with any of the presidential candidates, if elected to the second highest post in the land.

“If I get elected, I can work with any of the presidential candidates. Secretary Mar Roxas is the cousin of my wife. Vice President Jejomar Binay and I are from the north. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and I are good friends and Senator Grace Poe is my ‘sister in government’. We are good friends,” Marcos said.

Although he vowed to support the next leader of the nation, the lawmaker noted that he would neither be an apologist nor a cheerleader of the new president.

“I won’t just be the President’s ‘cheerleader’ or apologist, nor will I be his or her rubber stamp but I will fully cooperate in programs that will uplift the lives of the people because we need unity to get the country moving towards a progressive future,” Marcos added.

The senator said that he is ready to voice out his sentiment or negative comments when he sees or feels wrongdoings in the government.

“I will also act as a fiscalizer and will freely yet tactfully and diplomatically speak my mind about important public issues, as well as about the shortcomings and weak points of the government,” Marcos added.

As Vice President, he vowed to help in uniting the country and rally behind the President as he reiterated that only through unity would the government succeed in bringing progress to the Filipinos.

“If and when I become Vice-President, my platform of public service will be defined not by a ‘hopeful patience’ or ‘wishful thinking,’ but rather, of unity, trust, and co-operation. I will be a trustworthy team player and a competent role player,” he said. PNA /

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