On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte brought up the close relations that exist between his family and the family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
At the Third Sulong Pilipinas Convention held at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City, the President took notice of the presence of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, whom he recalled as one of the few politicians who lent him support during the campaign.
He goes on to explain that his father had been a member of the Cabinet of the late President Marcos on his first term of presidency. Not only that, but also, his father had been loyal to Marcos and continued to stand by him even during the time when everyone was shifting sides and joining the Liberal Party, which was in support of Diosdado Macapagal.
During Marcos’ time, the President’s father, Vicente Duterte was Secretary of General Services and also served as mayor of Danao, Cebu and governor of Davao before his appointment in the Cabinet.
Duterte says that due to these reasons, he is not able to disassociate from the Marcoses. Furthermore, his daughter who is currently the mayor of Davao City, Sara Duterte-Carpio, is wed to Attorney Mans Carpio, who hails from Paoay; hence, stating that he now has an Ilocano child which leads to the statement that “blood is blood.”
“That is why when he won, my father was one of the Cabinet members. So iyan ang ano naming… That is why I cannot disassociate my… Besides, si Inday, iyong mga Carpio, taga-Paoay. May anak ako na Ilokano. Siyempre mahirap na, dugo iyan eh. So may connect na—blood is blood,” Duterte said.
However, Duterte fails to mention that his mother had been a leader in Davao of the Yellow Friday Movement back in the Martial Law days.
This gives us an idea as to why the President has allowed the burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani of the late dictator Marcos, to which a number of oppositions from Martial Law victims has been placed before the Supreme Court.