- President Rodrigo Duterte, during his interview with popular vlogger Byron Cristobal or more popularly known as Banat By, called Sen. Bongbong Marcos and VP Leni Robredo as pro-communists
- During the interview, the president explained that he cannot support former Sen. Bongbong Marcos in his bid for the highest office of the land because he stated that BBM is a pro-communist
- He also said no one can claim that they heard him say, even for one particular moment, that he would support Sen. Marcos
- President Duterte then categorically said that he would support only the candidacy of Sen. Bong Go for president
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President Rodrigo Duterte revealed he cannot support the bid of former Sen. Bongbong Marcos for the highest office of the land because he is a pro-communist.
The President enunciated such words during an interview with famous vlogger Byron Cristobal, better known on social media as Banat By.
The interview aired on the vlogger’s YouTube channel on the morning of November 14, Sunday.
He said that the only person he would be supporting is Sen. Bong Go and nobody else. Go has also withdrawn his bid to become the VP of the Philippines and thereafter filed as a candidate for president.
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During the interview, Banat By asked the President for clarification as to whom he will support for president.
“So talagang hindi nyo po susuportahan si Marcos at ang susuportahan nyo po ay si Sen. Go? Malinaw po yun,” Banat By asked, to which President Duterte answered: “Tama.”
The President then added that no one heard him say that he’ll go for former senator Marcos.
“Ni minsan wala kayong narinig na mag-Marcos ako. Wala. Wala kayong narinig. Kaya wag kayong maniwala na nagpapagamit ako,” President Duterte reiterated.
He then explained the reason why he cannot support the candidacy of Sen. Bongbong.
“Pero ‘yang pagtakbo ni Marcos, sasabihin ko ang rason kung bakit hindi ako makasuporta sa kanya at kung bakit na maging—kagaya kay Leni, mga pro ano ‘yan—diyan nga ako takot. Mga pro-communist ‘yan,” the President said.
The President then appealed to his throngs of supporters to simply wait for a little bit more time because when the time comes everything would become clearer by then.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, also known as Rody, Tatay Digong, and PRRD, is the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines. He was born on March 28, 1945 to former Davao Governor Vicente Gonzales Duterte and Soledad Roa-Duterte, a Filipina teacher and activist. President Duterte rose to power after he was appointed as Officer-In-Charge of Davao City on May 2, 1986 by President Cory Aquino. From then on, he went on to become Vice-Mayor, and later on, Mayor of Davao City. He was also elected Congressman of the First District of Davao City in 1998 to 2001. He ran for and won as President during the 2016 elections.
President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Manny Pacquiao met in the Malacañang Palace on the night of November 9. Sen. Bong Go was instrumental in getting the two to meet and try to mend their differences. The friendly meeting was the first after the public rift between the two high government officials started. Sen. Go said that Pres. Duterte and Sen. Manny did not talk about politics but instead had a “renewal of friendship.”
Duterte also surprised everyone when it was the President's long-time aide, as well as companion, Sen. Bong Go, who filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for Vice President. Earlier, the two went to the Harbor Garden Tent to file the Certificate of Candidacy of what many thought would be Pres. Duterte. After Sen. Go went to the podium and state the reason why he is running for VP, the President also took the podium to announce that he is heeding the public clamor for him to retire and is doing so beginning today. The question on the minds of everyone now is who would the senator be supporting for President.