Defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, earlier declared that a burial for his father will bring closure to his family, and consequently, the nation. He has talked with president-elect Rodrigo Duterte about a possible burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani and a possible Cabinet post for Marcos under the Duterte government.
Marcos Sr. burial
He mentioned in an interview that he personally met with president-elect Rodrigo Duterte to thank him for his plan to bury his father in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
"Ako’y pumunta roon kasi ito ang unang paggkakataon ko na personal na magpasalamat sa kanya sa kanyang mga statement, unang-una tungkol sa libing ng aking ama," he said.
For the duration of his campaign, Bongbong's answer to his critics who have criticized him for whitewashing history is that is all "just partisanship and politics". While he has never directly responded to his detractors, Bongbong has always said that there is nothing to apologize for because time under his father was the greatest time in the Philippines. Instead of directly responding (or apologizing, as his opponents would want), Marcos insists that this is all just "divisive politics" and it "divides society".
Marcos is mum on the specifics on the burial, but he seems confident that the burial in Libingan ng mga Bayani will take place soon. According to reports, the burial could be on September 11, Marcos Sr.'s birthday. Duterte is adamant on the issue, and said that the burial should be arranged "immediately".
"Wala pang specifics na ganun (There are no details as specific as that), there’s really nothing more definite, kahit September baka ‘di pa ano ‘yun (even the month of September is not final yet) denied Marcos.
"I will allow the burial of President Marcos sa Libingan ng mga Bayani not because he is a hero but because he was a Filipino soldier, period," on how he sees Marcos.
Cabinet Member Marcos
Marcos intentionally kept mum on the specifics of their discussion, but he said that he "was open" to the possibility of serving under the government of Duterte as a Cabinet member. They "discussed a little bit" on the possibility of Marcos serving after the one year ban on candidates lapses.
Duterte seems to be giving special favors to Marcos, adding that he is his "friend". He also denied Leni a chance to serve in the government's Cabinet because he chooses his friends over his enemies. Before that, however, Duterte assured Leni that she could have a post in the Cabinet.
No formal offer was given, clarified Marcos on the possibility of serving under the Cabinet.
"I am at heart a public servant and if I'm called to duty in any way whatsoever, it is an honor for me to serve in any capacity the incoming president would feel that I can contribute. I would be happy to do that. 'Yan naman talaga ang aking ginagawa, 'yan naman talaga ang buhay namin na ang Marcos ay magsilbi lamang," said Marcos.
In his campaign trail, Marcos said that he wanted to assume the labor and employment portfolio should he win the VP race.
The labor department will soon be headed by lawyer Silvestre Bello III, an outgoing party-list congressman and former justice secretary.