InterAksyon – Bongbong declares intent to seek vice presidency

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InterAksyon_featured_imageSen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has declared his intent to seek the vice presidency, just hours after it was announced that talk of a Binay-Marcos tandem had formally ended.

“I have decided to run for vice president in the May 2016 elections,” Marcos said in a press statement, a day after former First Lady Imelda Marcos reportedly told her son to run for president.

Marcos Jr., however, did not say whom he planned to run with, except to say that should Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte seek the presidency, he will support him.

He said he will run as independent, denying speculations that he will run as running mate of Vice President Jejomar Binay or Duterte.

The senator’s camp had held talks with the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay, who had invited him to be his running mate in 2016, but Marcos said he would find it difficult to “tame our political differences.”

Marcos made his announcement nine hours after Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo accepted the request of the Liberal Party (LP) for her to run as running mate of administration presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

Marcos’ announcement Monday evening brings to three the number of declarants for the vice presidency who remain without presidential candidates to attach themselves to: Marcos, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. All three are, interestingly, members of the Nacionalista Party.

BELOW IS FULL TEXT OF MARCOS’ STATEMENT:

I have decided to run for Vice President in the May 2016 elections.

All this talk of teaming up with certain leading presidential candidates have been mere speculations.

I flew to Davao City on Wednesday and consulted with Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. He was gracious enough to promise me his support should I decide to run for Vice President. I, too, will support Mayor Duterte if and when he runs for President.

Regarding Vice President Jejomar Binay, I was invited to be his Vice-Presidential candidate. There were initial talks between our supporters. But any team-up with the Vice President must be rooted on a shared vision for our country, a common platform of government as well as political perspectives.

Unfortunately, it would be difficult for me to tame our political differences.

For one thing, I believe that elected officials have an obligation to our people to help change the course of our nation’s history by banishing the politics of personality which to me is one of the primary causes why our country today has become a soft state where the rich become richer, the poor become poorer, graft and corruption is endemic, the drug menace pervades, injustice is the norm and government incompetence is accepted is the new normal.

Consequently, I have decided to put my political fortune in the hands of the Filipino people. I humbly ask them to judge whether or not I am worthy of their trust to be Vice President on the strength of my performance as a public servant in the last 26 years: first as former Vice Governor and Governor of Ilocos Norte, then as Representative of the 2nd District of Ilocos Norte and, finally, as Senator of the country.

Thank you and may God bless us all.

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