Defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos said he is attending the inauguration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, June 30, and declared he would be happy to serve in any position under his administration.
Speaking in a live-broadcast press briefing on Wednesday, June 29, Marcos said, “If you are offered any position by any president, that is tantamount to an order from the president. So, of course, I would happily take on any responsibility that the President would give me.”
Marcos, whose second term as senator ends on June 30, filed an electoral protest on Wednesday alleging widespread fraud in the May 9 national polls. He the elections were attended by massive vote-buying, pre-shading of ballots, and sowing of fear of failure of elections.
Because of a one-year constitutional ban on appointments of defeated candidates, Marcos will have to wait until until May 2017 before he could be named to any government position.
A Cabinet post for the losing vice presidential bet has been widely speculated, as Duterte had admitted political relations with the senator’s family that date back to the administration of former President Diosdado Macapagal. Duterte has admitted that he and Marcos were “friends,” and that he did not want to hurt his feelings by giving a Cabinet post to Vice President-elect Leni Robredo.
Marcos confirmed attendance to Duterte’s inauguration during the said press briefing. The senator said that he was invited by the incoming President.
“In the same manner, when you are invited by the President to come to his inauguration, you go. and of course I was invited, so I would,” said Marcos.