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Manila Bulletin - Marcos to run in 2016

In The News
23 June 2013

By Mario B. Casayuran | Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines --- Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos is definitely “running for something” in the 2016 presidential elections.

“I will be a candidate for something. But you know, what is the definition of good luck? As far as I learned it, good luck is being ready when opportunity presents itself. Baka suwertihin sa 2016,” he told Senate reporters.

Asked to give a categorical answer whether the elective post may be for President or Vice President, Marcos evaded the question by answering that even the contested high posts in the 24-man Senate in the forthcoming 16th Congress could not be decided now.

The son of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos admitted that he and members of the Nacionalista Party (NP) had conceded that the Senate leadership issue and the forthcoming political developments after the July 22 opening of the 16th Congress could influence the party’s decision-making process from here on.

The NP is headed by out-going Sen. Manuel Villar while the administration Liberal Party (LP) titular head is President Benigno S. Aquino III. The LP, NP and the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) of business tycoon Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco coalesced before the May 13 senatorial elections.

Marcos admitted that no one can predict on developments leading to the election of top Senate officials late next month and the scheduled 2016 presidential elections since these are not cast in stone.

Asked whether or not there is such a thing as a Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.-Marcos presidential tandem — dubbed “Bong-Bongbong” — in the making in the Ilocos region, Marcos said it came up as a question to Revilla during a visit to Ilocos.

Revilla’s answer to the question was, “Why not?”