The Manila Times – Marcos declares VP bid

The Manila Times

maniila timesSen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday declared his intention to run for vice president in next year’s elections.

He however, dismissed earlier reports of him running in tandem with either Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as “mere speculations”.

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

“All this talk of teaming up with certain leading presidential candidates has been mere speculation,” he said.

He said he flew to Davao City on Wednesday and consulted with Duterte as he confirmed that Binay had invited him to become his running mate.

“(Duterte) 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,” he said.

FULL STATEMENT OF SEN. FERDINAND “BONGBONG” MARCOS JR.

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

All these talks 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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