2022 Philippine Elections

‘Ayaw ni Presidente sa droga… Di ba na-isyu si Bongbong sa illegal drugs?’ – Pacquiao

Aika Rey
‘Ayaw ni Presidente sa droga… Di ba na-isyu si Bongbong sa illegal drugs?’ – Pacquiao

Presidential bet Manny Pacquiao speaks to reporters in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental on April 1, 2022.

This is second straight day presidential bet Manny Pacquiao hammers the dictator's son and survey front runner Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
‘Ayaw ni Presidente sa droga… Di ba na-isyu si Bongbong sa illegal drugs?’ – Pacquiao

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – Presidential bet and Senator Manny Pacquiao said that President Rodrigo Duterte was probably hesitant to endorse a candidate for the presidency because it would put his daughter in a tight spot.

“Ayaw ’nya maipit ’yung anak ’nya. (He does not want to put his daughter in a tight position),” said Pacquiao in a media interview in Bacolod City on Friday, April 1.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is running for the vice presidency and is the running mate of dictator’s son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Asked to explain further, Pacquiao speculated that the President surely has someone he wanted to endorse, but the circumstances were not favorable because of Sara’s running together with Marcos Jr.

‘Ayaw ni Presidente sa droga… Di ba na-isyu si Bongbong sa illegal drugs?’ – Pacquiao

“May gusto siyang i-endorso pero tahimik na lang siya dahil ayaw ’nya na maano yung anak ’nya,” Pacquiao said.

(He wants to endorse someone but he has to be tight-lipped about it because he does not want something negative to happen with his daughter.)

But there was one thing Pacquiao was sure of – the President’s extreme abhorrence for drugs and corruption.

He added: “Kilala ko si President. Kilala ko, kaibigan ko yan… Sinabi nya ayaw nya ng korapsyon, ayaw nya ng drugs. Ayaw nya talaga ng drugs. Paano siya mag-eendorso ng ganoon?”

(I know the President. I know him, he is my friend. He said that he does not want corruption. He said he does not want drugs [to proliferate]. He really dislikes drugs. How will he endorse someone who has links with those?)

Pacquiao paused, sipped from a glass of water, then said: “Di ba na-isyu si Bongbong sa illegal drugs?” (Wasn’t Bongbong tagged in an illegal drugs issue?)

This is the second straight day that Pacquiao has issued strong statements against survey front runner Marcos Jr..

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On Thursday, March 31, Duterte said that he wanted to remain neutral even as his party, PDP-Laban, the faction that he chaired, has endorsed Marcos Jr. for the presidency.

In 2021, Duterte in one of his speeches said there is a “cocaine-using candidate” who is a “weak leader” and whose character is lackluster “except for his name and his father.”

Duterte did not name the candidate who was a cocaine user. Among the presidential bets, it was only Marcos Jr. who has been leaning heavily on the nostalgia of his father.

The Marcos camp said it did not felt alluded by Duterte’s statements. It also denied that the dictator’s son and namesake was into cocaine use.

This week, Duterte also brought up the issue of unpaid estate tax which has already ballooned to P203 billion. Duterte asked the Bureau of Internal Revenue why it has yet to be collected. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.