The Manila Times : 'Bongbong Marcos to decide soon'

26 September 2021

By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times

Updated: 12:48 am Sept. 27, 2021

THE Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) said former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. will beat the October 8 deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy "for a national position."

Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, PFP executive president, gave the assurance "amid convoys of political parties rallying behind his (Marcos') anticipated presidential bid."

The PFP endorsed Marcos as its presidential candidate in the 2022 national elections. The Kilusang Bagong Lipunan also wanted Marcos to be its standard-bearer.

The former senator has yet to act on both nominations.

Rodriguez said Marcos has opted to pursue "a low-profile status."

He added Marcos wants to keep all possibilities open as far as forming alliances for the coming elections.

Rodriguez said Marcos was "thankful for the outpouring of support from major political parties, respected local chieftains and concerned citizens, but kept his cards close to his chest."

"Naiintindihan natin (we understand) there is so much build up, and anticipation on his decision and announcement to run for President for next year's elections," he said.

"Pinag-iisipang mabuti ni Bongbong ang lahat. Hindi madali ang magdesisyon (Bongbong is seriously studying everything. It's not easy to decide)," Rodriguez said in a radio interview.

"Ang usapin kasi dito ay (the issue here is) pandemic government and post-pandemic situation."

Rodriguez said Marcos' decision will come soon. "He just needed to consult some significant individuals and groups."

He said Senators Panfilo "Ping" Lacson and Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao as well as Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso were already in campaign mode following their announcements to run for president in 2022.

Rodriguez said it would be a tight race come election day. "All of them have a mandate. All of them are strong [candidates]," he said in Filipino.

He said that the more supporters to convince Marcos to run for president "the better."

The possibility of a partnership with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio was put on hold with the latter's recent announcement to remain in the local scene as her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, already accepted the nomination of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino -Lakas ng Bayan party to run for vice president.

"We are not in a position to speculate or speak on behalf of President Duterte and Mayor Sara, but right now, our concern is how to make the best alliance possible. The best partnership," Rodriguez said.

With regard to the challenge by Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo for one-on-one rematch if ever Marcos decides to run for president, Rodriguez said "it would never happen as her alliances to major political bigwigs already went to naught."

"That one-on-one condition will not happen. It will never happen, [it is] useless to answer her challenge," Rodriguez said.

"Lahat ng kinausap niya na makasama nag-announce na (all those whom she had approached [to form a unity party] have announced [their candidacy]," Rodriguez said referring to Lacson, Pacquiao and Domagoso.