The Marcos administration is far from crumbling despite the political discord involving some administration allies.
No less than Vice President Sara Duterte assured that the administration remains stable and strong as she affirmed her support for President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Duterte also tried to downplay the “political bickering,” saying it is just “a facet of democracy.” She noticed however that “sycophants” have taken advantage of recent political developments.
“Let me reiterate this, however — the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr is stable and strong. It has my all-out support and the support of the majority of the Filipino people,” she said in a statement posted on Facebook.
Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. earlier threw his support behind House Speaker Martin Romualdez, commending him for taking the moral high ground and not firing back despite Duterte’s insults. He claimed that political infighting was not in the nation’s best interests.
The Cavite lawmaker also highlighted Romualdez’s role in boosting the vice presidential bid of Duterte in the last elections.
Recently, Duterte refused to say the middle name of the President during an event in Manila on June 5, fueling speculations about the rift with Romualdez. Marcos’ middle name is Romualdez. His mother, former First Lady Imelda Romualdez-Marcos, is the aunt of the Speaker.
Duterte however disputed Barzaga’s statement.
She argued that Barzaga was misinformed, insisting Romualdez had nothing to do with her decision to run for vice president.
She also took a swipe at the lawmaker for failing to see humor in her recent public remark.
“Meanwhile, a person who cannot distinguish between attack and humor has no place in politics — especially if one fails to understand that political bickering is just a facet of democracy and should not be used to equate with governance,” she said.
“On the one hand, how the recent political developments have become an opportunity for sycophants is quite amusing,” she added.
Barzaga misinformed: Sara Duterte reveals Imee Marcos convinced her to run for VP; Romualdez not in the picture