- Senator Bongbong Marcos flew to Davao City to congratulate President-elect Duterte on his victory
- The two discussed the possible burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in September 2016
- Marcos said he is willing to serve as a Cabinet Secretary under the Duterte administration
Losing vice presidential candidate and outgoing Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos flew to Davao City on Friday, June 10, to personally congratulate president-elect Rodrigo Duterte in his election victory.
The two met at the “After Dark” bar, a favorite hangout place of Duterte, and discussed the possible burial of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in September this year. The embalmed remains of the late president lie in a glass-encased coffin at the Marcos Museum and Mausoleum in Ilocos Norte.
Duterte, a known friend of the Marcos family, said he will allow the burial of the late president at the Libingan ng mga Bayani “not because he is a hero, but because he was a Filipino soldier.”
After their 4-hour long meeting, Bongbong Marcos told reporters that he expressed the Marcos family’s gratitude to Duterte for allowing the late president to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Senator Marcos hinted on the possibility of his becoming part of Duterte’s Cabinet. He said he is willing to serve as a Cabinet Secretary under the administration of the incoming president.
“The details have not yet been ironed out. If given a chance, it would be an honor,” the outgoing senator said, adding he does not have a Cabinet position in mind, saying he will “leave that to the President-elect.
The senator can take a Cabinet post after the one-year appointment ban on losing candidates lapses.
ABS-CBN’s Katrina Domingo wrote in her article dated June 11, 2016 that the senator told reporters he was pleased with Duterte’s earlier pronouncement that no Cabinet post will be given to Vice President-elect Leni Robredo as it “might hurt Marcos’ feelings.”