President Duterte and former senator Bongbong Marcos
By Junex Doronio
September 12, 2021
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – As the tandem of former Senator Bongbong Marcos and President Rodrigo Roa Duterte looms, former political prisoners during the reign of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr. said Duterte is getting worse than the elder Marcos as they called for nationwide protests on September 21, 49 years after the declaration of martial law in the country.
“What kind of candidate would run for self-interest, just so he can have immunity? The next elections would be an issue of survival for the Filipino people. We need to end the dynasty and tyranny of the Dutertes … as well as the Marcoses,” Neri Colmenares, nephew of popular actress Angel Locsin, said.
In a forum organized by the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses and Martial Law (CARMMA), Colmenares, a former Bayan Muna party-list Representative, pointed out that allowing Duterte to run for vice president next year is unconstitutional.
He said this gives Duterte the opportunity to assume the highest post in the land again.
Playwright Boni Ilagan also said Duterte is imitating the elder Marcos in ruling the country.
“Marcos and Duterte only have two legacies: crimes against the Filipino people and humanity, and world-class plunder. And if we don’t stop them, Duterte will certainly exceed Marcos,” Ilagan said.
Former Duterte appointee Social Welfare Secretary and now CARMMA convenor Judy Taguiwalo said the “visible machinations of the Marcoses and the Dutertes” for the past few months showed that they might be gearing for more power through bids in the 2022 national elections
Some political observers said that if Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will prove to have a word of honor when she declared that she will not run for president in 2022, there is a high probability that BBM (monicker of the younger Marcos) will run for president with Duterte as his vice-presidential running mate.
Earlier, PDP-Laban acting Secretary-General Melvin Matibag — of the faction led by Duterte and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi — said that if Marcos is willing to be included in the ruling party and “embrace its principles,” they would accept him. (ai/mtvn)