- A petition was launched urging President-elect Duterte to appoint Marcos as ‘Deputy President’
- The move was supposedly to protect the incoming administration from the interests of Pres. Aquino and Mar Roxas
- The petition on change.org has earned more than 4,400 signatures in just two days
MANILA, Philippines – A petition on change.org urging President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to appoint losing vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos as “Deputy President of the Republic of the Philippines” has been making the rounds on social media recently.
The petition, initiated by one Midas Marcos on Saturday, June 4, calls on Duterte to appoint Marcos as Deputy President; a position that is non-existent in the Philippine Constitution.
Marcos lost by a hairline to former Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo in what could be the closest vice presidential contest in the country ‘s election history.
The son and namesake of the late strongman, Ferdinand Marcos, has yet to concede to VP-elect Robredo and has even vowed to question the latter’s victory via an electoral protest amid allegations of poll fraud.
The petitioner reminded Duterte on his earlier promise to appoint Robredo as “Assistant President” if she failed to win the election; and as such, the same courtesy should be extended to Marcos whom the incoming president said he would not want to hurt by giving the Bicolana lawmaker a Cabinet post.
“You have mentioned in an interview with Rappler that if Leni Robredo will not win the Vice Presidential race, you will appoint her as your Assistant President,” the petition read.
It added: “Now that Leni Robredo has been proclaimed by the Senate and House of Congress as the duly “elected” Vice President of the Philippines, the opportunity for an Office of the Deputy President can be offered to Senator Bongbong Marcos.”
The appointment of Marcos to the yet-to-be created position is supposedly meant to ‘protect’ the incoming administration from the ‘interests’ of the outgoing president and his allies.
In the heat of the election campaign, Marcos accused President Aquino and the Liberal Party (LP) of hatching ‘Plan B’ – allegedly to cheat in the election to ensure Robredo’s victory and impeach Duterte so the VP-elect can take over.
“You can be assured that your administration will be protected against the interests of the oligarchs Aquinos and Roxases,” the petition, which can be viewed HERE, concludes. It has earned more than 4,400 signatures, so far.
Two weeks ago, a similar petition was launched on change.org, but it was calling for the appointment of Marcos as Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
As a defeated candidate, however, Marcos, who will complete his six-year term as senator on June 30, is constitutionally-banned for one year from being appointed to any government position.