By Macon Ramos-Araneta | The Standard
While Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is not afraid to take on those who criticize him for being a Marcos, the vice presidential hopeful believes Filipinos are more concerned with proposals to make their lives easier or help solve their daily problems.
“We should prioritize the issues that our citizens really think about and need every day,” Marcos said during an interview on ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda program.
“Filipinos want to hear solutions to the problems of illegal drugs, high prices, corruption and joblessness. That is what they are worried about,” Marcos said. “Let us start with these first because people are hoping for a government that will act on the problems they face every day.”
The senator said his family was only being raised as a political ammunition although he has so far remained silent on the ancestors of his opponents or their failings as national leaders.
“I’m lucky that I was born a Marcos,” the senator said, adding that that obliges him to serve the nation the best way he can.
“Some of the candidates [for vice president] can simply return to their [Senate] post if they don’t win. That does not apply in my case,” Marcos said, referring to the end of his six-year term as senator next year.
“We used to vote for the President and vice president together. But when the constitution mandated a separate vote for the two positions I believe it expanded the role of the vice president. Now the vice president can do a lot more,” Marcos said.
Marcos had earlier said he would be a team player if elected to office and work with whoever is elected President to usher national unity and address pressing problems.
“I think the position of vice president will provide me with the opportunity to continue my own brand of public service, so I think I made the right decision,” said Marcos.
According to Marcos, it was this desire to do more to provide a better life for our people that prompted him to risk his entire political career and run for vice president instead of the safer option of seeking a reelection in the Senate.
The Standard Poll ranked Marcos in 3rd to 4th place, tied with former Senator Panfilo Lacson, and behind reelectionist Sen. Vicente Sotto on top place and Sen. Ralph Recto in second place.