Manila Bulletin - Is it Bongbong-Bong or a Bong-Bongbong tandem in 2016?

24 June 2013

By Mario B. Casayuran | Manila Bulletin

In the 2016 presidential elections, will it be a Bongbong-Bong or a Bong-Bongbong tandem?

Both Senators BongBong Marcos and Ramon Revilla, Jr. are mum about their political plans three years from now.

‘’It’s too early to say. Ang importante, trabaho muna tayo (let's work first),’’ Revilla told Senate reporters in a phone-patched interview.

Marcos, son of the late Philippine and Senate President Ferdinand E. Marcos, is with the Nacionalista Party (NP) whose head is out-going Senator Manuel Villar.

Revilla, on the other hand, is president of Lakas party whose former chairman emeritus is former Philippine President and re-elected Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

The possible Bongbong-Bong or Bong-Bongbong tandem will face the contender from the administration Liberal Party. Another presidential bet is Vice President Jejomar Binay who has not denied he has presidential ambitions.

Marcos told Senate reporters last Thursday that he is definitely running in 2016 but refused to say for what position.

For President? Vice President? He is not saying anything yet but stressed that the 2016 presidential derby is still a long way off. He might also just seek another term after his first six-year term as senator lapses at high noon of June 30, 2016.

The Constitution only allows two consecutive six-year terms. After sitting out a congressional or senatorial election following his two six-year term, the former senator can run again.

Revilla told Senate reporters that somebody asked, during his recent visit to Ilocos Norte, the home province of Marcos, whether a Bongbong-Bong tandem is in the wind.

‘’Anything is possible but we (Revilla and Marcos) have not talked about politics,’’ Revilla said.

Both also served as provincial governors before becoming senators.