CNN Philippines : Bongbong Marcos wanted Duterte as his VP, open to running with Bong Go

News & Interviews
6 October 2021

By CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 6) — Presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. revealed on Wednesday he wanted to forge an alliance with President Rodrigo Duterte to be his vice president in the upcoming elections. Since plans fell through, he said he is open to a possible "Bongbong-Bong" tandem with VP hopeful Bong Go.

The son and namesake of ousted strongman Ferdinand Marcos said he wanted to "adopt" Duterte as his running mate because they come from different political parties. It didn't push through because the incumbent president surprised the public when he withdrew his plan to run as vice president to retire come 2022.

"I'll be very candid with you. The reason for that is, the original plan was for us to adopt PRRD for our vice president candidate," he said.

Marcos does not have a vice president for now, but a partnership with Go is not far-fetched.

"Paano 'yun? Bongbong-Bong? Bong to the third power? Baka pwede din, we'll see," he said.

[Translation: How will we be called? Bongbong-Bong? Bong to the third power? It's possible. We'll see.]

About earlier talks of a possible tandem with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, he said while it's true they met to talk politics, they did not go into specifics as to who will run for president and who will take the second top post.

"There were no talks to collapse," he said.

Marcos added the possibility of their tandem has reached an endgame since Sara already filed her COC for reelection.