The son and namesake of the Philippines’ former dictator Ferdinand Marcos stated Tuesday he took a cocaine take a look at after President Rodrigo Duterte accused an unnamed presidential candidate of the usage of the unlawful drug.
Marcos Jr, who is likely one of the frontrunners in the hunt for to prevail Duterte in 2022, stated in a commentary he used to be examined Monday and had submitted the end result to 3 police companies.
He informed a neighborhood broadcaster he had examined damaging.
“I in reality don’t really feel that I’m the only being alluded to,” stated Marcos Jr, popularly referred to as “Bongbong”.
“Regardless of that, I consider it’s my inherent responsibility as an aspiring public reputable to guarantee my fellow Filipinos that I’m towards unlawful medication. This is the reason I took a cocaine take a look at the day past.”
Duterte, who has waged a dangerous battle on medication that has killed 1000’s of folks, has no longer recognized the candidate he claims makes use of cocaine.
From time to time he has referred to them the usage of male pronouns.
“There’s a candidate who used to be the usage of cocaine — you’ll ask the wealthy folks,” Duterte stated Monday.
“Why did I no longer arrest that individual? You don’t know the wealthy, they move on a yacht or within the air, that’s the place they snicker.”
A leaked survey performed in October by means of revered polling outfit Social Climate Stations reportedly confirmed Marcos Jr as the highest choice for president with 47 % of voter strengthen.
He used to be adopted by means of incumbent vp and main opposition candidate Leni Robredo (18 %) and superstar mayor Francisco Domagoso (13 %).
Retired boxing champion and senator Manny Pacquiao used to be fourth with 9 %, adopted by means of Senator Panfilo Lacson with 5 %.
Lacson stated Tuesday he and his vice presidential operating mate, Senator Vicente Sotto, had voluntarily passed through “multi-drug checking out” on Monday. He stated they’d “handed”.
Pacquiao, who has admitted the usage of marijuana and crystal meth in his early life, stated he supported necessary drug checking out for the ones in the hunt for a central authority put up.
“Even if I’m no longer able to pass judgement on any person in this factor, I’m keen to go through a drug take a look at anytime and any place,” Pacquiao stated Friday, suggesting a hair follicle take a look at presented “higher effects”.
Domagoso on Friday additionally denied the usage of medication.
Duterte has been an best friend of the debatable Marcos circle of relatives, which had long past into exile in america after the patriarch’s humiliating downfall in 1986.
However not too long ago Duterte has been publicly crucial of Marcos Jr, describing him as a “susceptible chief… saddled with luggage”.
Sara Duterte, his daughter, were broadly anticipated to run for president, and probably offer protection to him from felony fees within the Philippines and World Legal Court docket prosecutors over his fatal drug battle.
However she has filed her candidacy for vp, a place which holds little or no energy, and shaped an alliance with Marcos Jr.
Within the Philippines, the president and vp are elected one after the other.
Sara informed a rally of supporters Sunday “we want to give protection to our candidate. Allow us to offer protection to BBM (‘Bongbong’ Marcos)”.
Duterte’s selected successor is now his shut aide Senator Christopher Move, who made a last-minute access into the race on November 13.
Many analysts believe Move not likely to win.