The Manila Times : Bongbong endorsed as presidential bet

News & Interviews
21 September 2021

By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times

THE Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) has officially endorsed former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. as its presidential candidate in the 2022 elections.

The party passed a resolution endorsing Marcos as its standard-bearer during its national convention in Tupi, South Cotabato.

PFP General Council George Briones said the party endorsed the son of former president Ferdinand Marcos because it was what the members wanted.

Meeting Marcos for the first time, Briones described him as someone who is intelligent, educated, down-to-earth, not foul-mouthed and has a great sense of humor.

"All of us brought notebooks, fountain pens. We took down notes," he said in a statement in Filipino.

"Siya (Bongbong) din meron, pinag-aaralan niya ang Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (He also had a notebook and pen [because] he was assessing the party)," Briones added.

He told Marcos that because the PFP is only three years old, it was not involved in any corruption or criminal cases and "does not carry any excess baggage."

The PFP is a national party approved by the Commission on Elections in 2018 and claims a nationwide membership of 1.5 million. Around 300 of its members won in the 2019 elections.

Briones said it has a bailiwick in Mindanao down to the municipal level and an active national youth organization.

The party's platform is to have a drug-free, insurgency-free, corruption-free and poverty-free society.

The post for PFP chairman was left vacant since it is being reserved for Marcos in case he decides to join the party.

Once he does, Marcos will be sworn in as a member and "we will call for another national convention before the end of September where he will be nominated as the official candidate of the PFP for president," Briones said.

If Marcos accepts the PFP's endorsement, he will be the third political personality after Senators Panfilo "Ping" Lacson and Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao to openly declare a presidential run.

Marcos ran for vice president in 2016, losing to Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo. He has filed a protest with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to overturn the election result.