Ret. Gen Ben Defensor
MANILA — Former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff ret. Gen. Benjamin Defensor on Monday recollected the qualities and qualifications that his late sister, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, was looking for in a candidate running for the highest post in the country.
During the commemoration of her death anniversary, Defensor recalled that she used to stress that a presidential aspirant should be intelligent, competent, hardworking, kind, and should have a big heart and a pure intention for Filipinos.
To recall, Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos was Miriam’s running mate when she ran for president in 2016.
The retired general also recalled that his sister held Marcos in high regard, repeatedly describing him as “bukod sa matalino, magaling at masipag sa trabaho, mabait ito at may mabuting puso para sa mamamayang Pilipino.”
“Kaya nga hindi namin puwedeng iwan si Marcos kasi hindi niya iniwan si Senator Miriam noong may sakit ang ate,” Defensor said.
Defensor also clarified that while he is barred by law, as a government official, to publicly endorse a candidate, he has the right to express in public the qualities and qualifications he requires for a bet.
Defensor, an appointee of President Duterte, is vice-chairman of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC).
He noted that Marcos carries on his sister’s advocacies that sets him apart from other presidential bets. (ai/mtvn)