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Presidential Candidate Rodrigo Duterte Wants Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. To Be His Successor

Duterte, left, meets with Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos
Duterte, left, meets with Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos

LAOAG, Ilocos Norte (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, candidate for Philippine president, has anointed his successor should he be elected in the coming May elections. And it is not his VP running mate Senator Alan Cayetano.  Rather, it is Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.

Duterte is running under the banner of the PDP-Laban Party while Marcos is the VP candidate of the People’s Reform Party.

The mayor made the statement in a meeting with Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos, during which he extolled the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos whom he considers a friend.

In the same meeting, Duterte said that if as president, he does not solve the criminality and other problems of the country within three to six months, he will turn the presidency over to Bongbong Marcos.

Cayetano has not returned our calls for comment, but we suspect he is very heartbroken.

Philippines: Aquino-Marcos Rivalry Turns Hairy

Aquino, left, and Marcos

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – The  decades-old political rivalry between the Aquinos and the Marcoses has turned personal. And hairy.

In a recent media interview while attending the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summit hosted by President Barack Obama at Sunnyland in Rancho Mirage, Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino took a swipe at Vice presidential candidate and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., saying that the 58-year-old namesake of the late dictator dyes his grey hair.

Aquino’s thinning hair has also been the subject of  ridicule in his home country, earning him the nickname panot, Tagalog word for balding.

Marcos was gracious in his response, thanking the president for noticing his hair in spite if the many serious problems the country faces.

The senator did admit he dyes his hair to avoid getting in deep trouble with the women in his life — his wife and, of course his mother  Imelda. “They don’t want me to look old,” he said.



Bongbong Marcos, Jr. waves to supporters during his VP candidacy announcement. Seated far left is Estrada and Imelda Marcos
Bongbong Marcos, Jr. waves to supporters during his VP candidacy announcement. Seated far left is Estrada and Imelda Marcos

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The bitter political rivalry between the Marcoses and the Aquinos abruptly came to an end today, when Philippine President Noynoy Aquino granted absolute pardon to the late Ferdinand E. Marcos and his family, including Imelda Romualdez Marcos and their children, Senator Bongbong Marcos, Governor Imee Marcos and Irene Marcos.

All it took was a simple “I’m sorry” from  Senator Marcos.

On Tuesday, Aquino said the family of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos should say sorry to the Filipino people for the atrocities committed during martial rule. Speaking at the presidential forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP), Aquino said that Filipinos would be open to forgiving the Marcos family for what former president Marcos did to the country during his tenure. “We are a forgiving people as a general rule.”

So on Wednesday morning, Bongbong Marcos said that on behalf of his entire family, he apologizes.

Being a man of his word, Aquino then issued an Executive Order granting absolute pardon to the Marcos family.

The pardon paves the way for the burial of the late Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ cemetery), something that the Marcos family had been seeking for a long time. Marcos’ preserved body currently lies in state in a refrigerated crypt in his hometown of Ilocos Norte.

An absolute pardon also frees the Marcoses of any liability in the numerous cases filed against Ferdinand, Sr. and his estate.  And, Imelda gets to keep her 3,000 pairs of shoes, or whatever is left of them.

Pardoning presidents for crimes committed while in office is not unprecedented in the Philippines.  Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada was pardoned by his successor, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who herself, is now is under hospital arrest . Estrada was convicted of plunder while Arroyo faces similar charges.

Will Aquino pardon Arroyo next?