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Marcos says he and VP Sara are okay after Rodrigo Duterte’s tirades

Dwight de Leon

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Marcos says he and VP Sara are okay after Rodrigo Duterte’s tirades

TOP LEADERS. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte during Brigada Eskwela in August 2023.

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President Marcos says the 'Uniteam' he forged with Vice President Sara is still intact even after her father Rodrigo Duterte accused him of involvement in the drug trade

MANILA, Philippines – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. insisted he does not have a beef with Vice President Sara Duterte despite the tirades thrown against him by her father, former president Rodrigo Duterte.

In an interview with reporters in Vietnam on Tuesday, January 30, the President said their relationship has not changed.

“Well, it’s exactly the same,” Marcos said, adding he will keep the Vice President – who also heads the Department of Education – in the Cabinet.

The President and his predecessor engaged in an ugly word war in the past week, hurling allegations of drug use or involvement against each other.

The former president threw the first punch, alleging in a speech in Davao City that he once saw Marcos’ name on the government’s watch list.

Marcos retaliated by saying Duterte’s use of fentanyl – a  synthetic opioid – may have been the reason for his tantrum.

The rift between the two families has become more apparent in recent months, amid political developments that have been interpreted by observers as disadvantageous to the Duterte family.

These include Congress’ decision to junk Vice President Sara’s request for P650 million in confidential funds, and Marcos’ statement that the government was studying the possibility of joining the International Criminal Court, which is investigating Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody drug war.

Marcos and Sara ran as a tandem in the 2022 polls, and their alliance dubbed as “Uniteam” resulted in a landslide election victory.

On Tuesday, Marcos said the “Uniteam” he has with the Vice President was still “vibrant.”

“It is still working, and we will continue,” he said in press release of the Presidential Communications Office. –

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    President Marcos Jr. pretended that the “Uniteam” is: “Well, it’s exactly the same.” Accordingly, it is “vibrant,” “still working,” and will continue.
    This is a political drama that will continue until the 2028 Presidential Election. It is full of lies, hypocrisy, and intrigues. But it’s still exciting to watch.

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Dwight de Leon

Dwight de Leon is a multimedia reporter who covers President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the Malacañang, and the Commission on Elections for Rappler.