A speech of then presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte from 2016 saying he would turn over the presidency to Ferdinand Marcos Jr. if he failed to stop criminality during his first three months if elected president has been reposted on social media to make it seem that he is supporting Marcos’ current bid.
President Duterte already clarified in a Feb. 22 interview with Communications Secretary Martin Andanar that he will not be endorsing any presidential candidate and will remain neutral even if his daughter Sara is Marcos’ running mate. He said this at around 3:03 mark:
Preferably, I’d like to stay neutral. Ibig sabihin wala akong susuportahan na kandidato (This means I’m not supporting any candidate), unless again having said that I said it again, there will be a compelling reason for me to go out and tell the people what it is.
A video posted Feb. 23 by the pro-Marcos YouTube account Apong Glenn, however, culled the clip from Duterte’s campaign speech in Ilocos Norte in February 2016 in which he said at the 0:16 mark:
Eh mabuti magsibat na lang kayo, or ako. Kung hindi ko magawa 'yan sa tatlong buwan e 'di ibigay ko na lang kay Bongbong (If I don’t achieve in three months, I will just leave or I will step down and give the presidency to Bongbong).
The YouTube post wrongly claimed that Duterte has endorsed Marcos:
BBM SUPORTADO AT MAY BASBAS NA KAY TATAY DIGONG! NOON PANG 2016 (BBM has support and endorsement of Duterte! Since 2016)!
The spliced video was reposted by user @nestovillas on Tiktok on Feb 24 with the text:
😂😂😂 ito na ang pampasabog ni tatay digong puro kayo fake news. ayan na supportado nya pala si BBM iyak na kayu ngaun na mga pinklawan (This is coming from Tatay Digong, you are all full of fake news. He actually supports BBM. Cry all you want now Pinklawan).
Marcos is also known as Bongbong and BBM. PInklawan, a slang term combining the words “pink” and “dilawan” or yellow, refers to the camp of presidential bet Leni Robredo and her running mate, Sen. Francis Pangilinan. Robredo has chosen pink for her political branding while yellow is associated with the Liberal Party, to which she and Pangilian belong.
As of Feb 28, the video has garnered over 1 million views, 112,600 likes, 3,552 comments, and 7,777 shares on TikTok. The YouTube video from Apong Glenn has 142,334 views, more than 6,600 likes and 773 comments. (RA)