May 19, 2024 People's Journal 94 views

PRESIDENT Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Saturday said photos of himself with Bamban, Tarlac Mayor Alice Guo prove nothing.

On the sidelines of the signing of alliance between the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) and Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) in Makati City, Marcos said he never declines anyone’s request for selfies.

Guo posted photos of her and Marcos together on social media after the President backed the probe on the local executive’s dubious identity since “no one knows her”.

“That proves nothing,” Marcos told reporters.

“You know how many pictures I take during the campaign? Siguro isang libo sa isang araw. Lahat naman ng humihingi ng selfie hindi ko hinihindian (Maybe, about a thousand per day. I do not say no to anyone who asks for a selfie),” he added.

Marcos said the executive branch’s own probe on Guo’s identity and possible involvement in the two illegal Philippine offshore gaming operations that were recently raided in her city has just started.

The Senate is conducting its investigation on Guo over allegations that she may be a Chinese asset.

“There’s also an ongoing investigation by the Senate. So let’s allow the executive side and the legislative side to do the work and continue our investigation. Wala pang definitive na (So far there are no definitive) conclusions yet,” Marcos said.

The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has created a special team to look into Guo’s citizenship and determine if she is “unlawfully holding or exercising a public office.”

Solicitor General Menardo Guevarra said “if it could be established by proof, the OSG will commence quo warranto proceedings to oust the person concerned.”

The mayor, who won on her first attempt at running for the position, remained evasive when questioned about her background before joining local politics, raising even more suspicion about her citizenship.

Based on records from the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Guo declared that she is a Filipino citizen in her certificate of candidacy, and no one challenged her qualifications, allowing her to run and eventually win as mayor of Bamban, Tarlac in 2022. Philippine News Agency