The child and namesake of the Philippines' previous tyrant Ferdinand Marcos said Tuesday he took a cocaine test after President Rodrigo Duterte blamed an anonymous official possibility for utilizing the illicit medication.
Marcos Jr, who is among the leaders looking to succeed Duterte in 2022, said in an assertion he was tried Monday and had presented the outcome to three police organizations.
He told a neighborhood telecaster he had tried negative.
"I truly don't feel that I am the one being suggested," said Marcos Jr, prominently known as "Bongbong".
"Disregarding that, I accept it is my inborn obligation as a hopeful public authority to guarantee my kindred Filipinos that I am against unlawful medications. This is the reason I took a cocaine test yesterday."
Duterte, who has pursued a destructive conflict on drugs that has killed huge number of individuals, has not distinguished the applicant he asserts utilizes cocaine.
Now and again he has alluded to them utilizing male pronouns.
"There's a competitor who was utilizing cocaine — you can ask the rich individuals," Duterte said Monday.
"For what reason did I not capture that individual? You don't have the foggiest idea about the rich, they go on a yacht or noticeable all around, that is the place where they grunt."
A spilled review directed in October by regarded surveying outfit Social Weather Stations supposedly showed Marcos Jr as the top inclination for president with 47% of citizen support.
He was trailed by occupant VP and driving resistance competitor Leni Robredo (18%) and big name city hall leader Francisco Domagoso (13%).
Resigned boxing champion and representative Manny Pacquiao was fourth with nine percent, trailed by Senator Panfilo Lacson with five percent.
Lacson said Tuesday he and his bad habit official running mate, Senator Vicente Sotto, had intentionally gone through "multi-drug testing" on Monday. He said they had "passed".
Pacquiao, who has conceded utilizing weed and gem meth in his childhood, said he upheld obligatory medication testing for those looking for an administration post.
"Despite the fact that I'm not in a situation to pass judgment on anybody on this issue, I will go through a medication test whenever and anyplace," Pacquiao said Friday, proposing a hair follicle test advertised "better outcomes".
Domagoso on Friday additionally denied utilizing drugs.
Duterte has been a partner of the dubious Marcos family, which had gone in banishment in the United States after the patriarch's embarrassing destruction in 1986.
Yet, as of late Duterte has been openly condemning of Marcos Jr, portraying him as a "frail pioneer… burdened with stuff".
Sara Duterte, his girl, had been generally expected to run for president, and possibly shield him from criminal allegations in the Philippines and International Criminal Court investigators over his lethal medication war.
Be that as it may, she has documented her application for VP, a position which holds almost no power, and shaped a union with Marcos Jr.
In the Philippines, the president and VP are chosen independently.
Sara told a convention of allies Sunday "we want to ensure our applicant. Allow us to secure BBM ('Bongbong' Marcos)".
Duterte's picked replacement is presently his nearby assistant Senator Christopher Go, who made a latest possible moment passage into the race on November 13.
Numerous experts consider Go improbable to win.