By William Depasupil and Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times
A day after announcing his plan to run for president, former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. filed his certificate of candidacy (CoC) on Wednesday as the standard bearer of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, starting a journey that he hopes will end in Malacañang where his father held power for more than two decades.
The only son and namesake of former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. said he could heal the politically divided, economically fractured and pandemic-plagued country.
"Join me in this noblest of causes, and we will succeed," the former lawmaker said in a brief speech.
"If we have learned anything in this time of Covid pandemic, it is that each of us, no matter our station, is in need of the help of our fellow Filipinos," he added.
Marcos admitted that he has yet to declare his running mate because he had originally planned to adopt President Rodrigo Duterte as his vice presidential candidate.
The plan fell through when the President backed out of the race and announced that he is retiring from politics on Saturday.
Marcos said he had talks with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, but no specific political plan was discussed.
He corrected speculations that talks with Duterte-Carpio collapsed, saying that reports about his possible team up with Davao mayor were mere speculation.
On his possible team up with Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, Marcos said that it is possible.
Go filed CoC for vice president on Saturday.
"Paano 'yun (how will that be), Bongbong-Bong? Bong to the third power. Baka pwede rin (It is possible). We'll see," he added.
Marcos said his party will come out with its list of Senate bets in the coming days.
However, he admitted that there was no certainty that he could fill up the 12 senatorial slots.
"At the very least we will field seven, eight or nine candidates," he added.
Marcos' political career has spanned over three decades — he served as provincial vice governor, governor, congressman and senator.