Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday said he is running for higher office in next year’s elections.
He, however, did not say which place he is setting his sights on but said his camp is almost done with talks with Vice President Jejomar Binay.
“We are about to finish the talks, I think we will have something already in the coming days,” Marcos told reporters after attending a campus forum at Universidad de Manila.
In an earlier interview, he said the option for him to run for reelection is not anymore being considered.
He also telegraphed a message that he is gunning for the vice presidency.
“In my case, I think we are headed in that direction. We are now presently talking about VP [Vice President],” Marcos said as he admitted that he is in “high-level talks” with the Binay camp.
He added that he is also in discussions with people identified with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
“It is at the highest possible level. We talk directly to each other and I don’t think there would be any level higher than that,” Marcos said, referring to his meetings with the Vice President.
Binay earlier said Marcos is among those being considered to be his running mate in 2016.
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto is hoping that the 2016 contest among the five senators will be fierce but friendly, not a friendship-ending event.
The five Recto was referring to are Sen. Grace Poe, who has announced her candidacy for the presidency; Sen. Francis Escudero, who is Poe’s running mate; Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, who is gunning for the vice presidency; Cayetano, who announced his vice presidential run in Davao City on Tuesday; and Marcos.
“You can disagree without demonizing each other. You can lock horns on policies but don’t stab your opponents’ backs with lies,” Recto said.
He expressed belief that the five, “having worked together in close proximity for years in a chamber as small as a volleyball court, would be a deterrent to a dirty campaign.”
“The election should all be about constantly lifting up one’s qualifications, not solely putting down the opponents,” Recto said.