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…
The Daily Tribune
Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. yesterday called on Director General Ricardo Marquez, chief of the Philippine National Police, to address rising criminality in the country as he challenged the PNP to find more effective ways to protect the people.
Marcos expressed alarm over the big jump in the crime rate in the first six months of 2015 compared to same period last year. Records from the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detection Management show 885,445 crimes were reported from January to June this year, compared to 603,085 cases during the same period in 2014.
“Could it be that criminal elements have increased? Or the efforts of the policemen have decreased? What have the DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government) and the PNP been doing?” he said. Read More…
By Ruth Abbey Gita | Sun Star Manila
Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. challenged Wednesday Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ricardo Marquez to find more effective ways to address rising criminality in the country.
Marcos issued the call following a report by the Directorate for Investigation and Detection Management of the PNP that there were 885,445 cases of crimes recorded from January to June this year, higher from 603,085 cases during the same period in 2014.
The senator said he was alarmed by the big jump in the crime incidents.
“Could it be that criminal elements have increased? Or the efforts of the policemen have decreased? What have the DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government) and the PNP been doing?” Marcos said, noting that he still believed that the PNP will be able to carry out its mandate to protect the people. Read More…