By Macon Ramos-Araneta, Rio N. Araja | Manila Standard Today
Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday said he opted to run for vice president next year because he believes this is not the right time for him to run for President.
“As we have always said, the presidency is a question of destiny. We do what we can to gain some advantage, but destiny will tell you what to do,” Marcos told a forum in Quezon City.
“I would like to continue to be in the public service, and I think I can do a great deal as a vice president,” he said.
Marcos, who has been in the public service for 25 years and whose term in the Senate ends on June 30, 2016, said the current administration does not support his family.
“This administration has not exactly been supportive of any of the Marcoses. The time is just not right to run for President this time,” Marcos said.
He said he is unfazed by the other candidates running for vice president.
“I have no plan to comment on them,” he said.
He said he would not have gone into politics if he had not been sincere about helping the country.
“My history is well known to everyone. When I was younger I avoided politics and I did everything to avoid politics, but life brought me back to politics,” Marcos said.
He said he does not regard his name as a burden.
“I have never felt it to be a burden. I have only felt it to be an advantage, a blessing, and I’m very thankful that I am a Marcos.”
Marcos said he decided against running with Vice President Jejomar Binay because of the wide political divide between them.
“When you talk about this kind of arrangement, you are not talking about yourself as an individual, you are talking about your camp, your group, your supporters,” he said.
He said Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte had decided not to run for President, but he may yet change his mind.
“That’s a distinct possibility. If something else happens, we will adjust,” Marcos said.
Marcos announced he would run for vice president a few hours after President Benigno Aquino III declared Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo as the running mate of Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II.