Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. spent the whole day of Sunday attending to a series of private meetings and a Unity Caravan in Batangas.
Marcos is also taking time out from his busy campaign schedule to spend a quiet dinner with his wife, lawyer Louise Araneta Marcos, for their 23rd wedding anniversary today.
The couple has three sons, Ferdinand Alexander, born in 1994, Joseph Simon, born in 1995, and William Vincent, born in 1997.
A close-in aide of the senator confirmed that every year, the two make sure they don’t have any other schedules on April 17 or at least clear their dinner schedule to spend their wedding day.
Before the anniversary dinner, Marcos had a series of private meetings and in the afternoon, met with hundreds of political leaders in Laurel, Batangas where he discussed his programs and plans as vice president.
Marcos, in an ambush interview, said he could not attend today’s debate at ABS-CBN because of prior commitments. Hindi ako makakadalo dahil matagal na naming pinaplano ito at saka yung mga ibang lakad kayat nakakahiya naman at pinaghandaan ang pagdating natin kayat ikako meron naman yung Comelec na debate. Nauna yung pagplano sa mga lakad na ito bago pa yung pagsabi na magkakaroon ng debate so unahin ko na lang yung pag-iikot at nahihiya ako sa ating mga lider na naghanda sa ating pagdating,” he said.
In his speech before the political leaders, Marcos reiterated his advocacy for national unity. He said he will just continue to present his platform rather than destroy his political rivals.
“Ang pagsisiraan ba ay makakapagbigay ng isang trabaho sa ating kababayan? Ito ba ay magpapakain sa isang bata o makakagawa ng isang classroom or ng tulay? Hindi ito makakatulong sa atin at sa kahit kanino kaya hindi po ako kailanman gagamit ng paninira sa aking mga katunggali,” Marcos said.
He had earlier said he will not be provoked into engaging in the negative type of campaigning because it is not what the people needs. “I would not be goaded or somehow baited to be part of the mudslinging or part of the insults that are going back and forth. I just see that there is no place because when I talk to people, ordinary Filipino citizens, they don't ask me about what a bad person the other person is. What they ask me is what can you do to help me,” he said.