“Kami na lang ang natiira”
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 7) – With less than two days to find his running mate, former senator and now presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is battling against the clock to finalize talks with allies in the Duterte administration to find someone who could run in tandem with him.
Speaking to CNN Philippines’ Source On Thursday, Marcos reiterated the importance of strengthening the alliance with the Duterte administration.
“Kami na lang talaga ang natitira dito sa (We are the only ones left on the side) of the administration. In fact, I think all presidential candidates have now identified with the opposition, ”Marcos said.
“We have always considered ourselves, myself, as a supporter of Duterte. This alliance has existed since the beginning of his administration and even before that,” said the presidential aspirant.
He added: “In politics, these alliances are extremely important. The question now is, have we formed these alliances, how to strengthen them and how to use them to the maximum during the campaign and after the elections.”
Marcos, who submitted his candidacy on Wednesday, revealed to the media that he wanted to “adopt” Duterte as his running mate as they come from different political parties. However, that was unsuccessful as the outgoing president surprised the public when he withdrew his plan to run as vice president to retire in 2022.
He said, however, that he was not offended by the president’s sudden change of heart.
“They have to do what they think is best for them. I will continue to do what I think is best for me,” he said. “We are the two remaining groups on the administration side. Ultimately, it is clear that we are going to come together and help each other.”
Marcos said his current options were to have the running mate, Senator Bong Go, as his running mate, wait for Duterte to change his mind, or just “carry on as we are.” His team will also be looking at other political events that could take place until November 15, especially if Davao Mayor Sara Duterte changes her mind about her candidacy for re-election.
Nomination for the 2022 polls will run until October 8, but wannabes looking to replace those who withdraw from party tickets can file their COCs until November 15. If the reason is due to death or disability, the substitution will be allowed until noon on May 9.
Marcos is set to face other presidential contenders, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Senators Ping Lacson and Manny Pacquiao, and Vice President Leni Robredo, who will apply for the presidency later today.
Marcos is the son and namesake of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled the Philippines for 20 years until a “people’s power” revolt forced his family into exile in Hawaii, where he died. three years later.