Watch: President Duterte Introduces Bongbong Marcos as ‘New Vice President’, VP Robredo Reacts (Video)
President Rodrigo Duterte introduced Bongbong Marcos to the Filipino community in China as the new vice president of the Philippines. The unexpected scenario happened this Wednesday, October 19 during the president’s second day of his visit to China. In line with this, Vice President Leni Robredo could not help but react with sadness . Watch video below.
As we all know, President Duterte accepted the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping to have a 4-day state visit to China. He received warm welcome from the Chinese government this Tuesday, October 18, amid tensions over the West Philippine Sea dispute. Apparently, China said that it is pleased to move towards in resolving this controversial issue.
Duterte, who is now inclined to have a better relationship with China than with the US, was accompanied by some cabinet members, a big group of businessmen, along with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, and her brother, former senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. As expected, VP Leni Robredo was not included.
“Si Bingbong, ah si Bongbong…Kung manalo siya sa protest niya baka bago ang ating bise presidente. (Bingbong, I mean Bongbong…If he wins in his election protest, maybe we will have a new vice president.)” President Duterte said, when he acknowledged the presence of Bongbong Marcos on stage. The crowd was heard cheering with excitement.
President Duterte also introduced Sen. Cayetano to the crowd, telling them that the latter is a bright person, referring to his presence during the Senate hearing on the extrajudicial killings in the country. Cayetano was Duterte’s running mate in the 2016 elections, while Bongbong Marcos was the running mate of the late-senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
Meanwhile, reporters back home had an ambush interview VP Leni Robredo, and asked her about President Duterte’s remarks on Bongbong Marcos. “Ok lang, expected ko naman yun kay presidente (Duterte). Kaya lang, di ba parang pinalalakas lang nya ang complaint ni Bongbong (Marcos) sa Comelec. I think it’s unfair for me.” VP Robredo said.
Later that day, President Duterte met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and was greeted with full military honors at the Great Hall of the People. The meeting is noted to be not ‘talking’ about South China Sea, but rather to focus on promoting economic ties between China and Philippines. The two presidents are also set to sign a draft of agreement.