Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. announced on Monday (October 5) that he run for the vice presidency in the 2016 elections.
“I have decided to run for Vice President in the May 2016 elections,” Marcos said in a statement posted on his website.
The senator first entered politics when he was elected vice governor of Ilocos Norte in 1981 at the age of 23. He then became the governor of the province, serving 1983 to 1986.
This was cut short by the 1986 EDSA Revolution. Several years after his family went into exile in the United States, Marcos returned to the Philippines.
He ran as Ilocos Norte second district representative in 1992 and won a three-year term. Read More…
Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has declared his intent to seek the vice presidency, just hours after it was announced that talk of a Binay-Marcos tandem had formally ended.
“I have decided to run for vice president in the May 2016 elections,” Marcos said in a press statement, a day after former First Lady Imelda Marcos reportedly told her son to run for president.
Marcos Jr., however, did not say whom he planned to run with, except to say that should Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte seek the presidency, he will support him. Read More…
I have decided to run for Vice President in the May 2016 elections.
All these talks of teaming up with certain leading presidential candidates have been mere speculations.
I flew to Davao City on Wednesday and consulted with Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. He was gracious enough to promise me his support should I decide to run for Vice President. I too will support Mayor Duterte if and when he runs for President.
Regarding Vice President Jejomar Binay, I was invited to be his Vice-Presidential candidate. There were initial talks between our supporters. But any team up with the Vice President must be rooted on a shared vision for our country, a common platform of government as well as political perspectives.
Unfortunately it would be difficult for me to tame our political differences.
For one thing, I believe that elected officials have an obligation to our people to help change the course of our nation’s history by banishing the politics of personality which to me is one of the primary causes why our country today has become a soft state where the rich become richer, the poor become poorer, graft and corruption is endemic, the drug menace pervades, injustice is the norm and government incompetence is accepted.
Consequently, I have decided to put my political fortune in the hands of the Filipino people. I humbly ask them to judge whether or not I am worthy of their trust to be Vice President on the strength of my performance as a public servant in the last 26 years: first as former Vice Governor and Governor of Ilocos Norte, then as Representative of the 2nd District of Ilocos Norte and, finally, as Senator of the country.
Thank you and may God bless us all.
By Jefferson Antiporda | The Manila Times
The government’s neglect of the agricultural sector not only made life more difficult for farmers but also put the country’s food security at risk, according to Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Marcos said the lack of sound agricultural policies is the main reason why the country’s agricultural sector remained in the doldrums compared to other countries in Southeast Asia, some of which got farming knowledge from the Philippines.
The senator cited as example the “frightening statistics” uncovered during a recent hearing of the Senate public works committee that irrigated areas today has shrunk compared to that in 1986. Read More…
Headline Gitnang Luzon
This has been said time and again: development of Metro Manila’s outskirts – including Pampanga – will ease traffic in the Metro. Why people insist otherwise, we don’t know, unless they refuse to see the bigger picture.
This was reiterated by Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., saying the development of areas around Metro Manila is not only for economic progress but also as a long-term solution to the city’s traffic congestion.
We agree with the senator that the National Capital Region is already teeming with development, so we think it’s about time that areas in the so-called “Greater Capital Region (GCR)” – Cavite and Batangas to the south; Bulacan, Pampanga, Olongapo and Tarlac to the north; and Rizal to the east – be given a chance for economic growth. Read More…