Duterte: Bongbong Marcos a 'weak leader'

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday called presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos a "weak leader," and said the former senator is the reason there will be no coalition between his and his daughter's political parties. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 19) — President Rodrigo Duterte called presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos a "weak leader," and said the former senator is the reason there will be no coalition between his and his daughter's political parties.

In a meeting with local leaders in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoroon Thursday, the President was asked if it was possible for either PDDS or PDP-Laban to form an alliance with Lakas-CMD. The meeting was aired online on Friday.

"No, because nandiyan si Marcos [No, because Marcos is there]," Duterte answered. "Hindi ako bilib sa kanya [I am not impressed by him]. He is really a weak leader."

Marcos is running for president in the May 2022 elections under Partido Federal ng Pilipinas. He recently announced he will officially be running in tandem with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte - the vice-presidential bet of Lakas-CMD. 

"Talagang weak kasi [He is really weak because he was a] spoiled child, only son," the President further described Marcos. "He can talk, he delivers English [articulately] pero sabihin mo may crisis ganun, he's a weak leader at saka may bagahe siya [but if there is a crisis, he is a weak leader, and he has baggage]."

President Duterte is running for Senator under PDDS, or Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan. PDDS president Greco Belgica earlier said he wanted the presidential daughter to be its vice-presidential candidate alongside standard bearer Senator Bong Go. A lawmaker has claimed that the President himself endorsed a Go-Duterte tandem in a meeting with House leaders.

Earlier, Mayor Duterte revealed she asked PDP-Laban to support her tandem with Marcos, but the ruling party chaired by her father rejected this request. Nonetheless, she called for unity among supporters of the Duterte administration as she hopes to continue her father's legacy.