Manila Standard Today – Bong-Bongbong 2016 tandem floats
By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Manila Standard Today
A Bong-Bongbong tandem in 2016?
“Anything is possible,” said Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla when asked on the possibility of himself teaming up with fellow Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as president and vice-president under the Lakas-CMD banner in the 2016 presidential elections.
Revilla, however, said that it was too early to say that he would eventually team up with Marcos, the son of the late president Ferdinand Marcos.
Revilla, current chairman and the acknowledged standard bearer of Lakas-CMD, said the question cropped up on a possible Bong-Bongbong tandem when he recently visited Ilocos Norte, the hometown of Marcos.
Marcos belongs to the Nacionalista Party, which coalesced with the administration’s Liberal Party in the recent midterm elections in May.
“I said, Why not?” [But] It’s still too early,” said Revilla who added that he and Marcos had yet to talk about the matter.
Revilla and Marcos’ terms as senators both end in 2016.
Revilla said that while he had not decided whether to run for president or not in 2016, he was making preparations for it, although he declined to give details on what kind of preparations he has been making for the next elections.
He added that he had enough experience in public service to back him up in the event he decided to run for a higher public office.
“I don’t want to be a specific. I know what I should prepare for, and my shortcomings,” he said.
Marcos earlier told reporters that he would definitely be running for something in 2016.”
“I will be a candidate for something but you know, what is the definition of good luck? The way I learned it, good luck is being ready when the opportunity presents itself. So, who knows, I might be lucky in 2016,” Marcos said.
Like Revilla, however, Marcos said he had not yet decided on what position to run for in 2016, and that it was too early to discuss his plans.
Marcos, however, said he would definitely play a major role in how the political landscape would shape up over the next three years.
Aside from the results of the surveys, he said it was also important for him to have a solid feasible plan.
There were reports that Marcos would instead run for President and may tap either Revilla or partymate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano as runningmate.
If the reports are true, the young Marcos will collide in 2016 with the political giants for the highest post in the land: Vice President Jejomar Binay, the standard bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance, and the Liberal Party’s Manuel Roxas III.
For the vice president post, the other probable candidates aside from Cayetano are either Grace Poe, last election’s top vote-getter, and Chiz Escudero for LP, and Jinggoy Estrada as Binay’s runningmate.