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The Manila Times : Marcos to continue Duterte's legacy

News & Interviews
16 December 2021

By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times

FORMER senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said that he and running mate Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will continue the legacy of President Rodrigo Duterte if they win in next year's elections.

Marcos said that the withdrawal of Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go from the presidential race signaled the "consolidation" of administration forces to his presidential bid.

"Sen[ator] Bong Go clearly acted his part in strengthening those of us aligned with the Duterte administration," he stressed.

Marcos said Go's withdrawal from the 2022 polls "only mirrored his worth as a true public servant, one who is willing to sacrifice his personal aspirations to serve a common purpose and a higher cause: a unified nation crucial to the national interest."

The Partido Federal Pilipinas standard-bearer said he was saddened by Duterte's decision to withdraw from the senatorial race.

"President Duterte has achieved so much for the country in a short period of time," he said.

"Although we welcomed with utmost gladness when he earlier filed his certificate of candidacy (CoC) for senator, we respect the wisdom in his decision to withdraw his CoC."

Marcos said that "if given the chance," he and Duterte-Carpio "shall continue his legacy programs and, guided by his wisdom, even enhance some of them when necessary."