Vice Presidential front-runner Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. labeled President Benigno Aquino III’s call to candidates trailing front-runner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to unite was a desperate move of the administration.
“The desperation is showing. These are all desperate attempts of the administration … I also heard that Sen. Grace Poe turned down the offer so again, it’s clear they are finding ways to change the result,” he told reporters in a press briefing in Davao.
Earlier, Marcos also bared a supposed “Plan B” of the administration to manipulate the elections by making his rival Rep. Leni Robredo win. If she is elected, there would be moves to impeach Duterte and the current administration will remain in power.
The information on the plot was shared by a source from the Liberal Party, the senator said. They know that they won’t win. That’s why there’s a Plan B and they’re trying to make alliances,” Marcos said.
He said it was obvious that the administration does not want him to be vice president so they could impeach Duterte eventually.
“I suppose the best way to safeguard Mayor Duterte is to have me as his VP probably they won’t remove him because I’ll be the one who will replace him,” he said.
Marcos claims that the numbers available to his team reveal that his lead is a commanding 12% higher than his nearest rival and with this lead the ruling LP is already plotting various ways to defeat him and install Robredo as the new VP.
The information about plan B, Marcos said, came from an LP insider. Sila ang nagsabi sa akin. He’s a member of the Liberal Party. That again is a clear indication of the desperation.”
Marcos said the best defense of a possible impeachment against Duterte is a vice president Marcos.
He said he would never support any impeachment against Duterte. And with him as VP, the Liberal Party members in Congress would not dare impeach Duterte since it would be a Marcos that would replace the president.
If ever he wins, Marcos, however, said that he would also not support any move to run after President Aquino and put him to jail.
He said it’s time to end this vicious cycle of running after the past administration and putting them behind bars as what happened to Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Despite Marcos’ kid’s gloves policy against his opponents, there were reports of assassination plot against him. He was suppose to make an appearance before a crowd of 5,000 or more in Panabo, Davao del Norte Friday afternoon, when Senatorial bet Martin Romualdez, announced that Marcos will not be able to appear before them because of security reports that there is a death threat to the VP candidate.
Mayor Duterte immediately sent security forces to protect Marcos who was still in a hotel in Davao City, which is 30-45 minutes away from Panabo City.
During the press briefing in Davao City, Marcos said they are checking the security threat.
Prodded by the media on the security risk, Marcos said that they are still in the process of verifying the report.
“It’s not yet clear, but we have received a security warning against me. Just to be safe, we’re still checking it.”
“On the basis of the warning, we defer first and then check and see what is going on and there’s no need to take unnecessary risks. “
Marcos ended the press briefing expressing his gratitude to his supporters at the same time saying that the May 9 polls will be the real survey an not those being manipulated by survey firms.
He called on the Filipino electorate to guard their votes to avoid being cheated.