Malacañang challenged Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos to face the case filed against him by an anti-corruption group instead of spreading rumors against President Aquino’s administration. Malacañang also denies any involvement in the filing of the Bongbong case.
Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said that it is very easy and convenient for Marcos to blame President Aquino for the charges; instead, the former should just answer the charges to find out the truth about the whereabouts of the P205 Million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). As a Senator, Marcos received a lump-sum discretionary fund granted to each member of Congress for spending on priority development projects of the Philippine government.
Marcos, along with his former consultant, Catherine “Maya” Santos, is one of the accused in the case filed yesterday, April 6, before the Ombudsman by “iBalik ang Bilyones ng Mamamayan” (iBBM) movement. The complaint is about the diversion of the PDAF of Marcos to the Non-Government Organizations of Janet Lim-Napoles, the person who is believed to be the mastermind of the Pork Barrel scam.
Marcos, however, insists that the case filed against him is politically motivated because it was filed days before the election.
Marcos is among the three candidates who are statistically tied at the top spot in the latest Pulso ng Bayan report by Pulse Asia.
Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr obtained a 25% voter preference rating in the March report, while Senator Francis Escudero and administration candidate Leni Robredo both obtained a score of 23%.