Manila Bulletin : Bongbong Marcos files COC for president

6 October 2021

By Leslie Ann Aquino | Manila Bulletin

Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr has filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for president in the May 2022 polls under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas.

He filed his COC at Sofitel Tent in Pasay City on Oct. 6, Wednesday, a day after declaring his presidential bid.

“I filed my certificate of candidacy for president. So, I guess that makes it all official,” said Marcos.

The son of the late Ferdinand Marcos also revealed why no one has filed for VP under PFP.

“The reason why that is, is that the original plan was for us to adopt PRRD (President Duterte) for our VP candidate, pero sa mga nangyari noong nakaraang Sabado, eh nagbago lahat ng plano (because of what happened last Saturday, the plan changed),” said Marcos.

“Ngayon, nag kokonsulta kami, yung partido at syempre lahat ng ating ibang kasamahan kung ano ang dapat gawin (Now, we are consulting, the party and all our members on what to do) and what do we do now and so that is where it is,” he added.

As to their senatorial slate, Marcos said, they will provide the list in the coming days.

With regard to the two presidential aspirants who filed COCs with the same surname as him, the former senator said he will leave the decision to the Comelec.

“I suppose we will have to see. The Comelec will determine if they are nuisance candidates, or if they are true candidates for the upcoming election. The decision, or determination as to what the status is of the other candidates who filed under the name of Marcos will be upto Comelec, we will leave it to them to decide on how to handle the situation,” said Marcos.

As to a possible “rematch” with Vice President Leni Robredo, he said:”I don’t have any fight with VP Leni. I am running for president, I am not fighting against anyone. Senator Ping (Lacson) is filing as we speak. So, it’s not going to be that kind of election. There are many of us,”

“I would not file my COC if I was not ready to campaign, if I was not ready to answer all your questions. I am ready to answer your questions and I am ready to campaign,” Marcos added.

Marcos still has a pending electoral protest case filed against Robredo stemming from the 2016 vice presidential race.

Marcos was sworn in as member of the PFP on Tuesday.

He assumed the Chairmanship after having been sworn in.