Marcoses, Dutertes ‘allies for life’: Imee

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Philippine Vice President-elect Sara Duterte, second from left, poses with, from left, Senator Imee Marcos, her mother Elizabeth Zimmerman, outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, incoming Philippine President Ferdinand
Philippine Vice President-elect Sara Duterte, second from left, poses with, from left, Senator Imee Marcos, her mother Elizabeth Zimmerman, outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, incoming Philippine President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., Liza and Sandro Marcos, after her oath taking rites as vice president in her hometown in Davao city, southern Philippines on Sunday June 19, 2022. Duterte clinched a landslide electoral victory despite her father's human rights record that saw thousands of drug suspects gunned down. (AP Photo/Manman Dejeto)

Senator Imee Marcos, sister of President-elect and dictator’s son Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., has said that the Marcoses and Dutertes are allies for life.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Imee Marcos promised to continue making Mindanao a priority in her brother’s administration.

“The Dutertes can count on us. Davao can count on us, and Mindanao will always be a priority as it was during my father’s time. Hindi yan magbabago (That will not change),” the senator said.

Solid North nga dahil Ilokano kami pero Solid South din dahil kaakibat natin at kaalyado ang mga Duterte habang buhay,” Imee added.

(We’re Solid North because we’re Ilocanos but we’re also Solid South because we’re affiliated and allied with the Dutertes for life.)

She joined her brother in attending the inauguration of Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio held in Davao City on Sunday (June 19).

When asked about what she whispered to President Rodrigo Duterte during the ceremonies, Imee said that she just thanked the President.

Nagpasalamat lang ako kay Presidente. Sabi niya, ‘Wala naman akong ginawa.’ Sabi ko, ‘Ang dami ninyong ginawa. In 6 years ginawa mong proud ang Pilipino,'” the senator narrated.

(I just thanked the President. He said, ‘I didn’t do anything.’ To which I said, ‘You did a lot. In 6 years, you made Filipinos proud.’)

Imee also said that although Sara Duterte-Carpio lacks expertise in education, the vice-president-elect is still the best person to head DepEd.

Meanwhile, President-elect Bongbong Marcos praised his running mate and said that Sara will ‘do a great job’ as the incoming vice-president.

Duterte-Carpio on June 19 took her oath as the country’s 15th Vice President before Supreme Court Justice Paul Hernando. The ceremony was attended by several politicians as well as the Duterte and Marcos families.

“We can never go wrong if we are a people dedicated to honoring the will of God, to serving our country and our fellowmen, and protecting the integrity of our families and the future of our children,” she said in her inaugural address.

Meanwhile, outgoing Vice President Leni Robredo wished Sara Duterte success and hopes she would continue the Office of the Vice President’s programs.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom. Follow her twitter @polarubyo for regular news and cat postings.

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