(In this segment BBM expounds on the other candidates, Duterte & Co.; and his Administration.)
Q: Sir, your quick thoughts on the following: Leni?
A: Mrs. Robredo is a nice enough lady who hates my family and the Dutertes I think in that order. Anger does not suit her. When her people stole the Vice-Presidency from me in 2016, I could have gotten angry but I moved on and here I am. She should do the same.
A: A terrific (second hand car) salesman. I admire his journey from poverty even if I cannot relate to it.
Q: Manny Pacquiao?
A: He really cares, a wonderful representative of our country. Sharp dresser. I will offer him Ambassador to the U.N.
A: Sober and sensible. We were together in the Senate. He should call me sometime.
Q: Your message to the “yellows”?
A: If you agree with democracy do not get mad if democracy disagrees with you.
Q: President Duterte?
A: Love the man. Sara talks fondly of him. I am sorry to see him go. (Hmmm, not really).
Q: Even after he seemingly accused you of incompetence and cocaine use?
A: I did not feel alluded to. (Actually I did).
A: My doctor cleared me.
Q: The International Court of the Hague and PPRD?
A: The President said he would like to talk to me. (Wonder what about?)
Q: Has the President forgiven you for the Sara business?
A: It is all good. It was just a family misunderstanding but ultimately PPRD wants Sara to succeed. I assured the President I will take care of his daughter like a sister, never put her in harm’s way and help her become the best version of herself.
Q: Including becoming President?
A: Sure (if nobody in my family wants it.)
Q: The President’s Men: Bong Go, Cusi, Duque?
A: I need to consult Sara. She goes ballistic whenever the subject comes up.
A: Corruption is the bane of every Administration. My family should know.
Q: How to fix it?
A: Make sure everybody is happy.
Q: President Duterte said he will reveal “the most corrupt Presidential candidate” in a few months: Who might that be?
A: Hahaha. PPRD loves to be the life of the party.( Pa drama. Nobody will care what he has to say in a few months.).
A: Past or future?
A: Past, need to check the records, maybe give them a call. Future, we have been out of power for a while so businessmen have ignored us. (I imagine that will change.)
Q: Will you try to recover what you believe is yours?
A: (Dude, is the Pope Catholic?) Ask Imee, it is her department.
Q: This Government’s performance?
A: (Terrible.) Hard to tell, we were hit by the pandemic.
Q. Handling of the pandemic?
A: (Even worse.) COVID was a black swan. Nobody knew how to handle it.
Q: What would you have done differently?
A: Fire DOH Sec. Duque. The man is a weapon of mass destruction.
Q: China relations?
A: China took what is ours. But the Bible says sometimes you have to give in order to receive.
Q: U.S. relations?
A: I believe in friending everybody. I got word Washington wants to reach out to me. (The U.S. abandoned my family in our darkest hour. Let them stew for a while.)
Q: Income inequality?
A: I cannot relate to it but I understand it sucks.
Q. Global warming?
A: I own a TESLA.
A: Our families were never close but not even the Lopez’s deserve to be treated shabbily.(They suffered enough in jail.)
Q. Liza Araneta Marcos?
A: Super competent. She could run this country (and will).
A: We are on the same page.
Q. Your cabinet? Any names?
A: Like my Dad we are looking for the best and the brightest. We want honest, hard working and competent technocrats (who will follow orders).
Q: With many corporate executives against you, how will you attract top talent?
A: We offer great working conditions.
Q: Your message to the Makati Business Club and the likes?
A: (Come to Mama, baby.) They can either jump on board or remain but this train is leaving the station. Bahala sila.
Q: President Ferdinand Marcos?
He is my Dad so don’t ask me. People either love him or hate him but after 36 years the polls say Filipinos love our family and that is all that matters.
Q: Lessons from your father’s experience? What will you do different?
A: Never kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Increase the pie so there is more to go around. Share. Think long term. A dynasty is a generational enterprise.
Q: People Power?
A: Hegel’s dialectical materialism postulates that when the pendulum of history swings too far one way it must return the other way. Martial law-People Power; Aquino Liberalism-Duterte Militarism.
Q: Wow, you studied the philosopher Friedrich Hegel?
A: I am not just a pretty face.
Q: Where is BBM in the pendulum of history?
A: Talk to me in six years.
Q: Your priorities in office?
A: Jobs, agriculture, health, infrastructure, health, housing, corruption, foreign investments, inflation, education, tourism, energy, the environment, wages, drugs, peace and order, traffic, water, better internet, the stock market. (Did I forget anything?)
Q: Your first 100 days?
A: We will hit the ground running, launch into orbit asap. It will be all hands on deck, all cylinders firing, all action, no talk. Zero to hero, an economy on steroids, vamonos.
Q: What could go wrong?
A: A SC disqualification after I am elected, an assassination, an act of God, the end of the world.
Q: Returning “home” to Malacanang?
A: We left Malacanang on Feb. 25 1986. I was 29 years old, today I am 64. It will be nice to be back. Mom is super excited, this one is for her.
Q: Lastly, who is BBM?
A: BBM is just a guy who showed up when the nation wanted him to show up.
Q: Your message to the Filipino people?
A: I love you guys. Stay positive, stay strong. Believe. We are a family. Let’s hang together in peace, harmony and prosperity.
Q: Thanks for talking to us.
A: No problem, anything to promote public discourse.
(Disclaimer: The writer sadly was not paid P120 million for this interview.)