BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan tagged the appearance of Marcos siblings during the weekend Panagbenga parades as “unfortunate.”
He acknowledged backlash from the public over the presence and demeanor of both Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos that tagged their participation as highly political.
The Marcos siblings paraded with officials of the city and the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Incorporated and engaged the crowd at the parade route.
They were both given a chance to speak to the crowd at the Athletic Bowl, with Imee introducing “Bongbong” as the vice president of the Philippines.
“It is unfortunate that it happened. We will take this seriously in the post assessment to ensure that it will not happen again,” Domogan said.
SunStar sources said the Marcos siblings were not formally invited by the local government but instead contacted the city to inform of their participation in the weekend parades.
Sources also said that both siblings were informed of rules during the parade.
Previously, the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Incorporated strictly imposed a ban on politicking during the conduct of the street dancing and floral float parade events.
During campaign session, senatorial and other candidates were not allowed to enter the event even if they had their own floats, with incumbent political candidates barred from distributing campaign paraphernalia or going down the floats to approach the crowd during the event.