Vice President Jejomar Binay paid a courtesy call to Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos as he visited the province on May 2, 2016.
In an interview after his courtesy call, Binay was asked about the possible role of Governor Marcos’ brother Sen. Bongbong Marcos, a vice presidential candidate, should both of them win in the upcoming May 9 polls.
Binay gamely answered, saying that he would be willing to work with Marcos as long as they are both duly elected in the coming polls.
“(We have to be) elected by the people, kailangan magtrabaho kaming magkasama… Mag-uusap kaming dalawa,” Binay said, when asked about a possible Cabinet position in mind for Bongbong should he win as vice president.
For her part, Governor Imee Marcos said her brother Bongbong had always wanted to lead the Department of Labor and Employment.
She said she has been close with Binay even before the elections because of the latter’s Ilocano roots. Binay’s roots can be traced to Isabela, where his mother was an Ibanag.
“Siyempre may dugong Ilokano, so may sentimental attachment. Hindi maiiwasan,” Governor Marcos said.
She said Binay’s visit does not mean she is already endorsing him as their president, even though there is a huge following of the “Solid North” movement backing the tandem “Binay-Bongbong” or “Bi-Bong.”
“Kaibigan, long before he was a candidate. Lahat naman welcome mangampanya sa Ilocos. Pero, wala pang endorsement dahil si Bongbong lang ang kandidato namin,” Governor Marcos said.
Binay is believed to be teaming up with Marcos even though the latter’s family had been mired in the massive plunder of state coffers and human rights violations under the two decade rule of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
Because of the BiBong following, Binay’s legit running mate Sen. Gringo Honasan had begged off from accompanying Binay in sorties in the north in deference to local officials backing Marcos as their vice president.
Meanwhile, Governor Marcos and her three sons had been linked to secret offshore accounts in the known tax-haven British Virgin Islands, fueling suspicions that these accounts were used to hide the Marcos family’s alleged ill-gotten wealth.