Presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has pledged to give a bigger role to women in government should he win in the May 9 polls.
Marcos affirmed his support for women empowerment in a statement released Saturday (March 26) to mark Women’s Month.
“Pangako ko po na kayo ay mabibigyan ng sapat at malinaw na boses sa ating pamahalaan. I have always been an advocate for women empowerment,” he said.
“Kaya nga lagi kong sinasabi na ako ang pinakamaswerteng kandidato dahil ang ka-tandem ko ay si Inday Sara, na most qualified. Noong sinabi niya na gusto niyang maging Secretary of National Defense, hindi ako nag-atubili na sumang-ayon,” Marcos added.
The former senator, who’s leading several voter preference surveys, made special mention of his wife, Liza, for supporting his candidacy.
“Whoever I am now and whatever I have become, it is because of the influence, guidance, and support of all the great women in my life,” he said.
Marcos recently said Liza, an abogado, plays a pivotal role in his campaign although he does not have an official designation.
“She knows how to put a group, a team together, find good people, put them in the right place, all of these things, motivate them properly, and she’s been doing, she’s always been good at that. In the campaign, that’s the role she plays now,” he said.
Marcos’ sister, Imee, meanwhile, is a senator.