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Osmeña: LP incompetent; Phl to become laughingstock if Bongbong wins

Sen. Sergio "Serge" Osmeña admitted that he has been helping Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo with her bid for the vice presidency. Senate PRIB, file

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Sergio "Serge" Osmeña III on Thursday said that he is not going to back the Liberal Party (LP) in the May 9 elections despite expressing his support for vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.

The senator said in an interview with ANC's Headstart that he thinks that the administration party is incompetent.

"I would say Mar Roxas group has proven itself to be pretty incompetent and I think the Filipino people deserve better," Osmeña said.

Osmeña added that there are differences on how the LP conducts itself and how he prefers the party to do so.

The senator cited the country's issues on traffic and the Metro Rail Transit system as proof of the administration party's incompetence.

"The DOTC has been one of the most awful performing departments starting from terminal 1. Then the pork problem that we have, that's awful," the senator said.

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Osmeña admitted that he prefers to support a presidential candidate with a "track record of being able to deliver good" which is Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

The senator, however, has not yet officially endorsed Duterte for president.

On the other hand, Osmeña noted that the Philippines would be a "laughingstock of the world" if Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. will win as vice president.

"Nowhere in the world do you see the family of a dictator be allowed back into the country and running for public office. Even Lee Kuan Yew couldn't understand it so somebody as dumb as me can't understand it either," Osmeña said.

The senator quoted former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who said that the Filipino people are very forgiving.

Marcos earlier said that he does not see any reason for his family to apologize over the wrongdoings of his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos.

"We have constantly said, if during that time of my father, someone was hit or hurt or saying that he/she was not helped or they were victimized in some way or another… we’re sorry that that happened. Nobody wants that to have happened," Marcos said in an interview with ANC's Headstart last year.

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