PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has said that former Sen. Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr. could become his vice president.
The young Marcos was among the prominent figures who joined the Philippine delegation led by President Duterte in Beijing, China.
Marcos, along with his sister Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, attended a meeting with Filipino workers at a hotel in Wangfujing Street.
Duterte later teased Marcos as the potential vice president of the country if his electoral case against Vice President Leni Robredo prospers.
“Bongbong… Kung manalo siya sa protest niya, baka bago ang ating bise presidente,” Duterte said as his audience cheered.
Bongbong replied: “Well no, he is just behaving as a friend and I am very lucky that I have a friend in the president.”
Among the government officials present at the event was Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte’s running mate during the campaign period.
Bongbong was defeated by Robredo in the May 9 elections by a slim margin of 260,000 votes.
Scorpion kebabs anyone?
The presidential entourage dared taste exotic street food in China and put their palates and stomach to the test with a helping of scorpion kebabs.
In her Instagram account, Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Karen Jimeno heralded their official trip abroad accompanying President Rodrigo Duterte, and posted videos of their unique culinary forays in addition to photos of official forums.
Among the food they tried were scorpion kebabs sold in Wangfujing Snack Street, a popular tourist draw.
“You can call him the ‘Scorpion King’. Dept of Transportation Sec. Art Tugade eats [a] scorpion,” she captioned her post.
She and other Philippine officials tried several other street snacks.