Vice Presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. today said the next President and Vice President should have a good working relationship to be able to move the country towards progress.
In a television interview over at Net25, Marcos said whoever will be elected President and Vice President in the coming elections should develop a partnership in order to bring about programs that will improve the lives of the people especially those who are in most need of help from the government.
“There should be partnership between the next President and the Vice President even if they don’t come from the same party. There should be a good working relationship between them in order to implement programs that will be felt by everyone,” he said.
Marcos said he could work with any of the Presidential candidates and will give his all-out support to the next administration.
“I don’t see any problem working with any of the Presidentiables because all of them are my friends and I have worked with some of them in the past,” he said.
In earlier interviews, Marcos explained why he can work with any of those vying for the Presidency. “If I get elected, I can work with any of the Presidential candidates. Of course there is Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, she is my President and I don’t see any problem working with her. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and I have been good friends for a long time, magkasundo kami. Secretary Mar Roxas is the cousin of my wife. Vice President Jejomar Binay and I are from the North so we are natural allies and Senator Grace Poe is my sister….. in government. We have worked together and we are good friends,” Marcos had said.
But he pointed out that he would also speak his mind if he does not feel right about a certain program or policy. “Of course, I will express my disagreement when necessary. Hindi naman kailangan magkasundo sa lahat but at least we will try to have a middle ground on all issues,” Marcos stressed.
The Senator added that he will not allow himself to be a mere spare tire saying a Vice President has a separate mandate to serve the people.
“Ang Vice President ay may sariling mandato na galing sa taong bayan kung kaya dapat din siyang magsilbi at hindi lang maghintay ng heart attack ng Pangulo,” he said.
In the event that he is not given a government position by the next President, Marcos said, he will still make himself useful. “Maari pa rin naman akong gumawa ng mga bagay na makakatulong sa ating kababayan sa pamamagitan ng aking opisina at iyon ang gagawin ko kung tayo ay palarin ngayong halalan."
Marcos also expressed hope that the next Administration would be more about public service than politics.
“Kami ay inihalal upang magsilbi at hindi para mamulitika kaya dapat pagka-upo pa lang ay serbisyo na dapat ang asikasuhin upang mas mabilis na maramdaman ng ating kababayan ang pagbabago,” Marcos concluded.