CNN Philippines : Bongbong Marcos to run for president if there is 'solid support'

News & Interviews
4 August 2021

By CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4) — Former Senator Bongbong Marcos said "solid support" is the one thing that could convince him to run for president in next year's polls.

"The usual thing — if there is solid support for you. A presidential campaign is not run by itself... Iyon ang unang tignan (That is the first thing to look at)," Marcos said in the government's Laging Handa briefing when asked about what would make him seek the presidency in the upcoming elections.

Marcos ranked third among possible 2022 presidential bets, based on the Pulse Asia survey conducted in June. But he said he is skeptical of these polls.

"Iba ang tingin ko sa mga survey. First of all, I try to go down to the grassroots level para malaman kung ang maganda bang numero sa survey totoo ba iyan. Tapos kung ang local leaders ay handa ka ba tulungan - sila ang magdadala ng boto," added the son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, who was ousted in a people power revolt in 1986 after his 20-year strongman rule.

[Translation: I view surveys differently. First of all, I try to go down to the grassroots level to confirm if the good survey results are true and also to know if local leaders are willing to help you and carry the votes.]

"If you have all that, and you feel the context of whatever else is happening -- na may paraang manalo (that you have a way to win)... then that's when you run. Until that is clear, it would be premature to make a decision," he added.

For now, Marcos said he is still weighing his options, since the filing of certificates of candidacy is still two months away.

It was not clear why Marcos, who currently does not hold any public office, was a guest at the government briefing on COVID-19 response that is broadcast live on national television. Aside from talking about the election, he praised President Rodrigo Duterte's recent State of the Nation Address.

Marcos ran for vice president in 2016 but lost to Leni Robredo. He filed an election protest against Robredo, but the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed it.