Marcos camp said that Bongbong Marcos is only trying to protect a hand that has a wound that got infected.
BONGBONG MARCOS — Here’s what the camp of presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said following a video of the former senator seemingly avoiding handshakes from supporters in Caloocan circulated on social media.
On Sunday, Marcos’ spokesperson Atty. Vic Rodriguez said in a statement that Bongbong wasn’t avoiding handshakes during the campaign, but he’s only protecting his hand that has an infection.
“Hindi umiiwas sa handshake si BBM, kundi iniiwas lamang [niya] ang kanyang kamay na nagkasugat sa braso malapit sa may pulso na tila nagka-impeksyon,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez then urged the public to avoid squeezing Bongbong’s hand for the meantime so that the infection will not worsen and will heal eventually.
The BBM Media Bureau recently shared a photo of Bongbong with the wound on his arm covered with a bandage.
Rodriguez’s statement came after a video of Bongbong seemingly avoiding handshakes from his supporters in Caloocan went viral on social media.
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC), through its Resolution 10372, prohibited political candidates from shaking the hands of voters during the campaign period amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Aside from handshakes, the COMELEC Resolution stated that kisses, hugs, going arm-in-arm, or any action that involves physical contact among the political candidate and their companions are also not allowed during motorcades as well.
However, COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez said that political candidates can still appeal those guidelines.
Bongbong is running for president in the upcoming May 2022 national and local elections.