Duterte admits discussing politics with Marcos siblings

Published June 1, 2021, 10:15 AM

by Antonio Colina IV


DAVAO CITY – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte admitted on Monday that she discussed politics with Senator Imee and former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the children of late dictator, President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., when they met over lunch here last Saturday, May 29.

Duterte told Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5) that the Marcos siblings had flown over to the city to personally extend their greetings and well-wishes ahead of the mayor’s 43rd birthday on May 31.

The Marcos siblings met over lunch that was hosted by Duterte’s husband, lawyer Mans Carpio, at Prime Bistro in Ecoland.

Duterte said politicians were expected to talk about politics when they gathered, but she did not provide details of that “conversation” with the Marcos siblings.

Duterte, who has been leading surveys among potential presidential candidates, has repeatedly denied speculations that she’s interested in running for the country’s highest position.

“Of course, if the politicians meet, politicians talk about politics. That’s expected of them. You cannot see any gathering of politicians where they will not talk about politics. But that’s all I can say about our conversation there,” she said.

On Sunday evening, Duterte confirmed meeting with the Marcos siblings after photos of her and the Marcos siblings made rounds on social media.

In a video message, Duterte thanked her supporters for their greetings, prayers, and gifts, and for organizing a “virtual concert” to celebrate her birthday.

She reminded the public to observe the minimum public health standards even during birthday celebrations.