CEBU CITY – Presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio had a meeting that lasted for more than two hours on Saturday afternoon, October 23.
The closed-door meeting took place in a hotel in Cebu City where the presidential daughter had been staying since arriving here on Friday.
The meeting was confirmed through a Facebook post by Cebu Port Authority Commissioner Mike Acebedo Lopez.
"Closed-door meeting inside Inday Sara Duterte’s hotel room just ended. In attendance were Bongbong Marcos and Imee R. Marcos, and yours truly, a common relative of both sides and a mere fly on the wall. It lasted around 2 hours and 30 minutes," Lopez said in his Facebook post.
As to their engagements while in Cebu, the media could not get an extract information straight from Marcos and Duterte-Carpio.
Bits and pieces of the two's engagements here only came to light through social media posts of some government officials, online platforms connected to Marcos or Duterte Carpio or through people who have direct access to them.
In the Duterte-Carpio's Facebook page, the Davao City Mayor thanked Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for hosting a dinner for her Saturday.
Duterte-Carpio also thanked Liloan, Cebu Mayor Christina Frasco, the daughter of Garcia, who also serves as her spokesperson.
Frasco has confirmed that she invited Duterte-Carpio to grace two events on Sunday in Liloan.
The trip of Marcos and Duterte to Cebu has sparked speculations that the two are teaming up for the coming elections.
Marcos has filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for president but has yet to have a running mate.
Duterte-Carpio has filed her own COC for her reelection bid but can still run for a different position via substitution which is still allowed until November 15.
Marcos has admitted that changes remain possible until the deadline of the substitution.
“Kasi baka may mangyayari pa nga, mahaba pa ito. And in the last few weeks ay andaming mga developments na mangyari na hindi natin inaasahan. Kaya lahat ay naka antay at naka bantay baka meron pa mangyari na development between now and November15th (It is still possible that something will happen, it is still a long way to go. And in the last few weeks, so many developments have happened that we didn't expect. That's why everybody is on the lookout because something might happen between now and November 15th)," Marcos told reporters after his meeting with Garcia at the Cebu Capitol last Friday.