Marcos on working with Poe: 'Kapatid ko, walang problema'

Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - "Si Grace (Poe) kapatid ko, walang problema." 

This was the answer of vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. when asked how well he can work with the other presidential candidates during a youth forum at the Malabon University Wednesday afternoon. 

Marcos, however, quickly took back what he said, stressing that it was only a joke.

"Biro lang ah, baka magalit si Senator Grace, sabihin, bakit mo pinagkakalat na magkapatid tayo?" he said to the cheers of hundreds of college students and faculty members who attended the forum. 

It has long been rumored that Poe is an illegitimate daughter of the late President Ferdinand Marcos with actress Rosemarie Sonora.

Both Poe and the younger Marcos have belied the rumor.

READ: Marcos on undergoing DNA test for Poe: There is no point

According to Marcos, he can work with any of the presidential candidates although he wishes that it would be his running mate, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.

Marcos called his possible partnership with Vice President Jejomar Binay as "natural." "Si Binay galing norte, natural partners kami," he said.

He then added other presidential bets. "Si [Rodrigo] Duterte matagal nang kaibigan, si [Mar] Roxas kaibigan din at pinsan ng asawa ko," he said.


Marcos, meanwhile, was also asked for his explanation on rumors that he is not the real son of the late strongman and former First Lady Imelda Marcos. 

The senator could hardly answer while laughing at the question which was thrown at the last minute before the open forum ended.

Marcos then went on to explain what he called an "urban legend."

"Noong nasa England ako, napaaway daw ako sa isang night club, nasaksak daw at namatay... Yung mga magulang ko daw imbes na ilibing ako, naghanap ng kamukha ko at kaedad ko, at iyon ang hinarap sa publiko.

"Magandang masama na lang ito sa urban legend... Ang dalas-dalas naman namin ng ama ko sa telebisyon, sa radyo. Maliwanag, ito ang tunay na Bongbong Marcos."


Meanwhile, the vice presidential candidate said he supports the idea of federalism, but further study is still needed to fit it into the Philippine environment. 

"It is something that we need to study. We have to do it in a Filipino way, hindi pwedeng basta gagayahin yung sa iba," Marcos said.

"It is a more stable form of government because there are many power centers. Sa ngayon, NCR lang ang power center," he added, noting that more and more countries are shifting to federal form of government.