Bongbong dying to work, will not turn down Duterte's offer to serve- Imee

Tuesday April 11, 2017 ()
Imee Marcos with Duterte

Former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. will not turn down Mr. Duterte's offer to serve in the Cabinet, his elder sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said in a chance interview at the Davao International Airport on Monday, April 10, 2017.

Imee said her brother is really eager to work for the Duterte administration if ever he is given a chance.

This does not mean that Bongbong will abandon his poll protest against Robredo who defeated him in a relatively thin margin as last year's election results yield.

"Bongbong is jobless. He's dying to work. He's bored to death because he is not used to doing nothing," Imee said.

"To work is really his type. He has the full support of the President so if he can help, I'm sure he'd be very willing to do so," she added.

Reports and speculations after the dismissal of Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno last week suggest that an opening for Marcos to join the Duterte Cabinet has presented itself as he was long rumored to be Mr. Duterte's pick for the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) post.

The DILG is an influential office in political terms since it is the Executive branch's direct links to local executives such as provincial governors alongside city and municipal mayors.

Mr. Duterte, however, in recent statements said Marcos would likely thumb down his invitation saying that he is still focused on his election protest against Robredo noting that the said case has gained some legal momentum.

Bongbong is not backing out from his electoral protest despite its "slow progress", Imee said.

"Bongbong is focusing on his protest. It's really slow that's why I think he's looking for a job, seriously. But of course, I don't think he wants to jeopardize his protest," she said.

Imee Marcos, who is often thanked by Mr. Duterte as one of the very few political backers he had in last year's elections, said that she volunteered herself to join the President's week-long state visits to three Middle Eastern nations.

The Ilocos Norte governor noted that she is there to check out the conditions of her fellow Ilocano overseas workers in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar.

"I really requested to join because of our overseas migrant labor force in the Middle East," Marcos said.

"There are many Ilocanos and women there. They are important to me that's why I have to know what their situations are so that we can help improve their conditions," she added.

The Ilocano population's political strength, popularly known as the "Solid North", which appears to be loyal to the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos and his family is one of the factors which President Duterte himself is grateful to the Ilocano clan.

Sources:

  • Leni's SWS rating dip after UN video pitch by Joyce Ann L. Rocamora and Angie M. Rosales, April 12, 2017, The Daily Tribune

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