The Manila Times : Bongbong considering 2022 run for president

News & Interviews
3 September 2021

By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times

FORMER senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. admitted he was considering running for president next year amid the support he was receiving from some sectors and political groups.

Marcos confirmed he was talking to both factions of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) since he has friends from both sides.

But everything "is very fluid," he said on Wednesday evening during a virtual forum organized by the Anvil Business Club.

He was asked to react to a report that some political parties were willing to support him if he decides to run for the presidency.

These parties, however, said they will withdraw their support if he slides down to the vice president position.

"Those supporters namin (of ours) they say, kung titingnan mo 'yung (if you'lI look at the) survey, I do better in the presidential survey than the vice-presidential survey," Marcos said.

"So, yes. I think that is a common sentiment that I really… that many of our supporters definitely want me to run for the presidency."

"And that's the reason why I'm even considering it because nandiyan talaga 'yung (the) support (is there)," Marcos said.

"Mukha namang may tao, may tutulong sa atin, may susuport sa atin (It appears that there are people who will support us). So, again, these are the elements that you have to determine para makapag (in order for you to) decide," he added.

Marcos said, "Yes, I've heard those comments before. But again, yes, I take note of it. That's why I feel that at least it's a possibility that it [is] certainly part of the plan. The presidency is not taken off the table by any means."

When pressed to comment on the revelation of his elder sister, Sen. Maria Imelda Josefa "Imee" Marcos, that he was in talks with the two factions of the PDP-Laban, he said, "In truth, we talk to everybody."

The PDP-Laban is split into two with Senators Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel 3rd and Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao leading the other faction while the other one belongs to the group of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.

"Lahat naman 'yan kaibigan ko eh (They are all my friends). I worked with them. We've been together. So, yes. The senator [Imee] is right that we are talking to the factions and others beside [PDP-Laban]," the former lawmaker said.

"So hindi lang talaga 'yun (it's not only that) because especially now ang daming nangyayari (so many things are happening). We have to keep up. So, everything is changing," he added.

"So, that is where we are now. It's very fluid, very volatile, very fast moving," he said.

When asked to comment on President Rodrigo Duterte's recent statement that Sen. Imee Marcos allegedly wants to be the running mate of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio if the latter decides to seek the presidency in 2022, he said, "I think Mayor Sara clarified it already."

"So, I think ipaubaya na natin (let's leave it at that) because she was the one mentioned. Hindi naman ako mentioned (I was not the one mentioned. And nagpaliwanag na siya (she explained already). So, let us defer to her statement," Marcos added.

When asked when he intends to finalize his political plans for next year's polls, Marcos said, "The timetable is imposed upon us by the date of filing."

"But my plan is that I will use as much time as I have to make sure that I come to the right decision. So, yes. That's my timetable. Again, it is a moving target. The whole thing is a moving target. That's why I will take as much time as I have available to me to make sure I come to the proper decision," Marcos said.