CNN Philippines : Marcos camp: We are 'not cowered' by alleged assassination plot

30 January 2022

By CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 30) — The camp of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Sunday said they are "not cowered" by an alleged plot to assassinate the presidential aspirant but they are taking the threat seriously.

"While this assassination plot is concerning, we are not cowered by such threat. BBM shall continue to personally deliver his message around the country with firm resolve to unify our nation," Marcos' spokesman Vic Rodriguez said.

"Sineseryoso namin lahat ng banta sa buhay ni presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos kagaya nito, at bilang isang bansa dapat din nating seryosohin lahat ng banta at magiging banta kung meron man. 'Wag naman sana sa buhay ng kahit na sinong kandidato," he added.

[Translation: We take all threats against presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos seriously, and as a country all threats should be taken seriously as well. We hope there is no threat against the life of any candidate.]

The statement came after a TikTok user posted a comment on the video-sharing app threatening Marcos of assassination.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating the threat and those behind it.

In a separate statement, the Marcos camp said Charito Zamora, DOJ cybercrime group's officer-in-chief, has requested TikTok "preserve the data related to the subject account while the Philippine authorities are working on the legal process for its disclosure." TikTok's Law Enforcement Outreach is also working on the request.

According to Zamora, the comment from an account with the username @joiedevivre420 read: "Nagmemeeting kami araw araw para paghandaang ipa aasasinate naming si BBM humanda kayo."

Zamora said a concerned citizen alerted authorities about the threat.

"Every now and then then kasi we would receive a text or email from concerned citizens and report occurrences in the social media which they feel must be looked into, and we always act on it," she added.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the National Bureau of Investigation would "give priority attention to any validated information pertaining to a threat to the personal security of any presidential aspirant."

He noted that the DOJ has received similar information about personal threats to other presidential aspirants.

"If a bomb joke is actionable, so is a threat of assassination, whether true or not," he added.

In a statement, TikTok said such threats are not welcome on the platform.

"The promotion of violence has absolutely no place on our platform. The user's account has been permanently banned and we are fully cooperating with the National Bureau of Investigation in their investigations," it added.