Vice presidential candidate Rizalito David. (FILE PHOTO FROM AN INQUIRER.net VIDEO)

MANILA, Philippines — It would be “very sad” if the public decides to elect former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as the next president, vice presidential candidate Rizalito David said Saturday during the CNN Philippines’ vice presidential debates.

The candidates had been asked how they will work with Marcos if they should win the presidential and vice presidential posts.

David said he would help whoever is the elected president — including Marcos. However, if Marcos would abuse his power, David said he would fight him.

“That’s really all we can do when the people have spoken and made Bongbong Marcos win — which is very sad. Well, there’s nothing we can do about it. We all just have to be on guard as to what he would do,” David said in Filipino.

“If he abuses [his power], we will use the Office of the Vice President to fight his abuses,” he added.

Meanwhile, two other vice presidential candidates — Senate Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Francis Pangilinan — opted to stand by their running mates. Sotto with Sen. Panfilo Lacson and Pangilinan with Vice President Leni Robredo.

“I have not given it a thought. In my sphere, we are working on the presidency of Senator Lacson. So I have not thought about it,” Sotto said in Filipino.

“But for me, if we should be fortunate and be given the opportunity, I will use my experience and competence in facing and addressing issues of national concerns… I’m not thinking that anyone else would win at this point,” he added.

Pangilinan, meanwhile, urged voters to support his tandem so that there could be unity between the president and vice president.

“So our appeal to the voters is to support the Leni-Kiko tandem so that there would be no confusion. So that the president and the vice president would be united. That’s the best for an honest government, and we will elevate everyone,” Pangilinan said.

“Now, having said that, we will work for farmers and fishermen, for food security — whatever the result of the elections [or] we should be fortunate,” he added.

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