Marcos declares candidacy in May 2016 elections

Senator Bongbong Marcos formally announced his vice-presidential candidacy in the upcoming May 2016 elections. “I have decided to run for Vice President in the May 2016 elections,” the Marcos said. He added that talks on possible team-up “with certain leading presidential candidates have been mere speculations.”

He said that after a meeting with Davao city Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the mayor “was gracious enough to promise me his support should I decide to run for Vice President. I too will support Mayor Duterte if and when he runs for President.”

Marcos also hinted that the emerging tandem with opposition presidential candidate, UNA standard bearer Vice-president Jejomar Binay is not pushing through. “I was invited to be his Vice-Presidential candidate. There were initial talks between our supporters. But any team up with the Vice President must be rooted on a shared vision for our country, a common platform of government as well as political perspectives.”

“Unfortunately it would be difficult for me to tame our political differences,” he added.

“For one thing, I believe that elected officials have an obligation to our people to help change the course of our nation’s history by banishing the politics of personality which to me is one of the primary causes why our country today has become a soft state where the rich become richer, the poor become poorer, graft and corruption is endemic, the drug menace pervades, injustice is the norm and government incompetence is accepted,” Marcos said.

Meanwhile, Bicolano lawmaker Representative Leni Robredo also declared her vice-presidential bid today under the administration coalition.

As of today, there are five individuals who announced intent to run for the second highest post in land, they are Senators Alan Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes, Bongbong Marcos, Chiz Escudero, and Representative Leni Robredo.