With multiple disqualification cases filed against presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., you’d think attending the Commission on Elections’ preliminary hearing would be on top of his priorities.
Instead, Marcos Jr. and his camp delayed the Comelec’s session by an hour on January 7, as poll body officials waited for him to submit his medical certificate justifying his absence—and the internet is understandably pissed.
According to his medical certificate, Marcos’ attending physician saw him at 10 a.m. on January 6 and advised him to rest due to “difficulty in speaking and a painfully congested throat,” along with running a temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius.
The medical certificate further claimed that Marcos “had direct contact with two individuals who tested positive for COVID-19″—thus making the presidential candidate unable to attend the hearing, according to his legal counsel.
The kicker? He only had to appear on Zoom.
That’s not all—after his doctor claimed Marcos Jr. was ill on the morning of January 6, the aspirant himself guested at a live radio interview hours later, despite his certificate claiming he had trouble speaking.
As indicated in his medical certificate, he was not feeling well on January 6, 10:00AM so he cannot attend the virtual COMELEC hearing the next day.
But he had a live virtual interview hours after 10:00AM of January 6. pic.twitter.com/6Hlm5IKRTa
— JP (@dumidyeypee) January 9, 2022
Netizens blasted Marcos Jr. for his appearance on the radio program “Partners Punto Derecho” on DZME—leading Comelec commissioner Rowena Guanzon to require the physician to have the medical certificate notarized.
Watch and listen to this zoom interview. Does Bongbong Marcos have “difficulty in speaking” as what his doctor wrote in his medical certificate issued hours BEFORE this interview? 😎 https://t.co/qQ7RftH9kf
— Raissa Robles (@raissawriter) January 10, 2022
Now I have to rewuire the doctor who examined Marcos Jr to have his medical cert notarized and indicate his medical license number. https://t.co/Z7wuhyO5KE
— Rowena Guanzon (@rowena_guanzon) January 9, 2022
Comelec Commissioner, Rowena Guanzon said, “Now I have to require the doctor who examined Marcos Jr to have his medical cert notarized and indicate his medical license number.”
Patay kang doctor ka!
Bravo! Magaling si commissioner Rowena Guanzon.👏
— Eden Pelaez (@EDENAGU43721338) January 10, 2022
Why does everyone have to adjust to you @bongbongmarcos
— Pia Magalona ⁷ #LeniKiko2022 (@piamagalona) January 7, 2022
Meanwhile, Marcos’ camp has hit back with a clarification on the timeline of events through his spokesperson, Vic Rodriguez:
We’ll have to stay tuned for the next developments, but this dig is particularly rib-tickling:
BONGBONG MARCOS FINALLY HAS A DEGREE!!
37.8 degree Celsius
— sad boi na manipulative (@thesoftboysclub) January 8, 2022