- Bongbong Marcos is set to attend President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration
- His sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, was also invited to the ceremony
- Duterte is a close ally of the Marcos family
- Bongbong has asked the Supreme Court to stop the inauguration of his rival, Vice President-elect Leni Robredo
Outgoing Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is scheduled to attend the highly-anticipated inauguration of his friend, President-elect Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte today, June 30.
Marcos’ attendance was confirmed by the President-elect’s executive aide Bong Go and outgoing Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Anton Lagdameo.
According to Go, the sister of Marcos – Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos – was also invited to the ceremony which will be held at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang Palace. Although Duterte earlier said that he wants to limit his guests to 150 people, the number has already ballooned to 627 names.
Duterte is a well-known ally of Bongbong Marcos and his family. The incoming president has expressed his support to bury Bongbong’s father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery), saying that the late dictator has a right to be buried there due to his past service as a soldier.
Duterte has also admitted that the reason he has not given a Cabinet position to Vice President-elect Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo is due to his friendly ties with Bongbong Marcos, who was defeated in the May 9 vice presidential election.
Robredo defeated Marcos by a small margin of only 263,473 votes. Marcos alleged the Aquino administration of possible cheating and has filed an electoral protest in order to stop the inauguration of Robredo.
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“It is my moral and social duty to the Filipino people to expose the truth and the fraudulent machinations, anomalies and irregularities which attended the recently concluded May 2016 elections, by filing this election protest. I owe it to the 14 million people who voted for me and to the millions of Filipinos whose voices were not heard,” Marcos explained in his statement. -