MANILA- Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said people should watch out for the next chapter of his political career, saying he will have a resurgence.
Speaking at the 80th Anniversary celebration of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila on Monday, Marcos compared his political career to Senator Manny Pacquiao’s boxing match against Jessie Vargas last Sunday and the “never-say-die” mantra of basketball team Ginebra.
“(K)umbaga sa Ginebra, 'never-say-die' dapat! 'Ika nga po ng tema ng laban ni Senator Manny Pacquiao: resurgence. Babalik po tayo. Babangon at babawing muli tayo. Marami pa tayong ibubuga. Pansamantala lamang po ito. Abangan ang susunod na kabanata!” Marcos said.
(Like Ginebra, it should be “never say die!” Like the theme of Senator Manny Pacquiao’s fight: resurgence. We will return, We will rise and return again. We still have a lot to show for. This is only temporary. Watch out for the next chapter!)
The former senator, who lost to Liberal Party bet Leni Robredo in the vice-presidential race last May, claims it was “blatant” election fraud that paved the way for Robredo’s win.
He filed an election protest against Robredo on June 29, a day before the outgoing Camarines Sur congresswoman assumed the second-highest office in the country.
In his state visit to China last month, President Rodrigo Duterte introduced Marcos as the Philippines’ would be vice-president if he wins the election protest.
Marcos added that despite his pending election protest, he has decided to go around the country to personally thank those who supported him in the last elections.
“And so, I roam around and personally convey my appreciation of their trust in me. Kahit ako ay 'off-duty' nang pansamantala, ito ay aking ginagawa dahil kailangan kong tumanaw ng utang na loob sa sambayanang Pilipino,” he said.
(Even though I am “off-duty” temporarily, I am doing this because I have to show my gratitude to the Filipino nation.)