President Rodrigo Duterte gave presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. some pieces of advice during their recent meeting.
The meeting between Duterte and Marcos was confirmed by Senator Christopher Lawrence Go on the sidelines of an event in Quezon City.
“The result of the meeting was good. They had a lengthy meeting and the President was talking most of the time. I think, about 80 percent of the discussion is more of the President talking,” Go said partly in Filipino in an interview.
In a statement, acting Presidential Spokesperson and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Duterte had a “cordial and productive” meeting with Marcos.
Duterte, Andanar said, also discussed with Marcos the current government’s major achievements
Go said Duterte likewise shared to Marcos his experiences as the country’s president and his desire for his successor to continue his policies and programs.
“He gave an advice and shared what he has done for the country. And he hoped the next president will continue what he has started,” he added in Filipino.
Both Andanar and Go did not mention when and where the meeting happened.
Go, however, hinted that the meeting could be one of the reasons behind the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan’s (PDP-Laban) endorsement of Marcos’ presidential bid.
Go said it is a “party decision” to support the candidacy of Marcos, following a series of talks and consultations with members of the PDP-Laban.
“Perhaps, that’s one of the reasons, but that underwent consultation and process,” Go said in Filipino.
The PDP-Laban, in its resolution issued Monday, said the decision to endorse Marcos was made after the “careful and exhaustive” deliberations of its national executive committee.
Duterte’s ruling party added that Marcos is “the candidate whose vision of governance is most aligned with PDP-Laban’s 11-point agenda.”
On Tuesday, Andanar said it is “unclear” if Duterte supports the PDP-Laban’s decision to support Marcos.
Duterte has yet to make a formal announcement on his preferred successor.