By Raffy Ayeng | Daily Tribune
As he appears to have been repudiated by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte — earlier his best hope for a presidential partner, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is now considering a run for the presidency as his alliance-building efforts seem to have collapsed.
Marcos’ offer to tandem with Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, the PDP Laban’s presidential nominee who has yet to accept his party draft, had also been derailed by President Rodrigo Duterte’s acceptance of a party resolution urging him to run for vice president.
The young Duterte had also announced her preference for Senator Sonny Angara for her probable vice-presidential running-mate.
Angara, however, said that while he is “honored” by such news, he said he will keep focus on his role as a lawmaker, especially in this time of the fight against the pandemic.
“We’re honored that some groups are considering us as a possible running-mate for Mayor Sara Duterte. We believe in her potentials and promise as a leader on a national stage, but right now our duties are at the Senate,” he said.
No space for BBM
They left no room for Marcos, who is a member of the Nacionalista Party and is still the leader of Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, the party founded by his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos — the dictator ousted by the people in 1986.
During a forum organized by young Filipino-Chinese entrepreneurs of the Anvil Business Group late Wednesday, Marcos said running for the country’s highest position has entered his mind already.
He claimed to have received pledges of support from different groups and personalities, even political parties.
“I feel that at least there’s a possibility. It’s indeed part of the plan. The presidency is not taken off the table by any means. The support is already there and it seems there are personalities who will help us and support us. These are the element(s) you have to determine in order to decide. And maybe, that’s why I’m even considering it,” Marcos said.
The former senator asked for sufficient time in coming up with a final and indisputable decision. He also failed to name his vice-presidential partner.
Marcos lost to Vice President Leni Robredo in 2016. He also lost his protest, which he later contested in the Supreme Court (SC).
The SC — sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal — however, had 15 magistrates unanimously junking Marcos’ electoral protest in its entirety.