Metro Manila, Philippines — Senator Imee Marcos agreed with Vice President Sara Duterte urging the government to reconsider granting amnesty and reviving peace talks with communist groups.
“Yes. That’s the short answer,” Marcos told reporters on Wednesday.
“I’ll give a statement when I’m ready,” she added.
Duterte, who’s also vice chairperson of the government’s anti-communist task force, made it clear on Monday that she does not agree with the new peace efforts with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP)
Before her statement, there had been speculations about a rumored crack with her UniTeam alliance led by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., after the House of Representatives stripped her of ₱650 million in confidential funds under the proposed 2024 national budget.
But for the president’s sister, the two top officials can have opposing opinions and still remain solid and intact.
“Pwede ka naman maging manatiling kaalyado kahit hindi kayo naga-agree sa bawat issue,” she said.
[Translation: You can remain allies even if you don’t agree on every issue.]
She added that their contradicting opinions prove every perspective is being discussed, respected, and honored.