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May utang na loob kasi! Palace backs Duterte endorsement of Imee Marcos

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte is backing the senatorial candidacy of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos because the chief executive is indebted to her.

“According to the President, she is helping Imee because she is indebted to her. She’s one of two governors who helped him in the campaign. Utang na loob yata ang kanyang reason,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a media briefing on Monday.

In a January 23 interview in Pasay City, Duterte named Marcos as one of his preferred senatorial candidates for the May’s midterm elections.

Despite the supposed ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family, Panelo said the daughter of former strongman Ferdinand Marcos is not facing any charges.

“Kung ‘yun nga nakademanda presumed innocence, lalo na itong hindi naman nakademanda. Wala naman siyang charged na crime e. Wala,” the official added.

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