The Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) on Friday endorses former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr as its standard bearer in the 2022 elections.
In a resolution, KBL said Marcos "was highly nominated" as the party's official candidate for president and "was unanimously approved by the officers and members of the" party.
"Resolved, as it is hereby resolved, to approve the nomination and endorsement of the candidacy of Former Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Romualdez Marcos, Jr. as the Party's official candidate for the position of President in the National and Local Elections on May 9, 2022," the party said in its resolution as tweeted by GMA News' Ian Cruz.
The resolution was approved during the party's national assembly at a resort in Binangonan, Rizal.
No final decision yet
Marcos, son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., has said he is running for a national position in the 2022 elections but has yet to go into specifics.
Sought for comment, Marcos, a member of the Nacionalista Party, said he has yet to accept the nomination but thanked the political party.
"If they endorsed me, I also thank them for that expression of support and trust they have bestowed upon me. (My recorded message aired during the national assembly) is a message of appreciation and thanks on my part. I don't know that you can interpret that as an acceptance," he said during a news forum.
Asked if he will eventually accept the nomination, the former senator said he will "answer you when the time comes."
He said that he is close to coming to a decision "but I am not yet there."
"You cannot rush these things and I fully intent to take all the available time that I have to make my decision. It is very important and it is not something that should be rushed without having the most complete knowledge about the political situation at every level," Marcos said.
He also said that he is having informal talks with different potential candidates and political parties to help him make decision.
"No formal talks, puro informal. Everybody who is in the mix ay kinakausap natin, these are all informal," he said.
The younger Marcos ran for vice president in 2016 but lost to then-Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo. He protested her victory, but the Presidential Electoral Tribunal ruled against it.
Reacting to the statement of Robredo that she is ready to run, even one-on-one against Bongbong, to stop the Marcoses from returning to power, the former senator said he will seek a post to help the country.
"Kapag tumakbo ka naman hindi para lumaban sa isang tao, ang takbo e dahil sa palagay mo may maitutulong ka at merong karanasan, may kakayahan ka, hindi ka tatakbo kontra kay ganito," he said.
"Hindi ako tumakbo para labanan ang isang tao, tumakbo ako para tumulong sa bansa," he added.
Marcos earlier said that he would easily beat Robredo in a one-on-one race.—KBK/AOL, GMA News