Mangatarem, Pangasinan - Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. today slammed the doors shut on the issue on undergoing a DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) test to determine possible blood ties with presidential candidate and fellow senator Grace Poe.
Earlier the lady senator’s DNA test with possible relatives in Guimaras proved negative. It was the second such negative test that was done not only to determine her parentage but also to settle the question on whether or not she is a natural born Filipino citizen.
In a press conference at the residence of Mayor Teodoro Cruz here, Marcos admitted saying he is willing to take a DNA test but clarified that it was made in jest.
“Yes, but there is no point. Kayo naman hindi na kayo mabiro, nagbibiro lang naman ako,” he told members of the media, stressing it will not be of any help to Poe.
“Sinabi ko lang yun kasi hindi nyo ako tinitigilan dun sa DNA: ‘O sige I'm willing to have a DNA’. Kayo naman sineryoso ninyo,” he added.
On the fourth day of the campaign, Marcos went on the last leg of his 2-day sortie in the vote-rich province of Pangasinan, which he said is a crucial component of his bid to cement his hold on the “Solid North” as the launching pad in presenting his vision of national unity.
Meanwhile, Marcos also squelched speculations his family is supporting Poe who campaigned recently in his hometown province of Ilocos Norte and was accompanied by his sister, Governor Imee Marcos.
He said that as a presidential candidate Senator Poe and her rivals are expected to go around all the country’s provinces for their campaign, including in Ilocos Norte.
“Hindi palibhasa't nandun (sa Ilocos Norte) hindi ibig sabihin yun ang suportado namin,” Marcos said.
On the contrary, the senator reiterated his full support to his presidential running mate, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
“I am running together with Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago as my President. I am running with her for vice president. Tomorrow we will introduce our senatorial line up,” Marcos said.