Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who had announced she was running for President in next year’s elections, said on Wednesday she is teaming up with someone who has declared his bid for the vice presidency.
Sources of The Manila Times believe Santiago is referring to Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the only “serious” candidate available for her to draft.
One of the sources confirmed that Santiago’s camp has been in talks with Marcos, but gave no other details.
During her book launch where she announced her presidential run, Santiago hinted that her running mate was male and had already declared his intention to run for Vice President.
She declined to give more information about her prospective running mate, because “his wife might scold him,” she said in jest.
The Marcos camp declined to make any statement on the matter.
Santiago, 70, said she will be filing her COC on Friday.
Among the so-called “serious” candidates for VP, Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Gregorio Honasan, and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo already have partners for next year.
Escudero will be the running mate of Sen. Grace Poe; Honasan had filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) under the United Nationalist Alliance with Vice President Jejomar Binay as standard-bearer; and Robredo will be the administration candidate, partnering with presidential bet Manuel Roxas 2nd.
The other “declared” aspirants, Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes 4th, said they have not spoken to Santiago.
Cayetano said he remains committed to teaming up with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who, despite having announced he would not run for President, is still expected to spring a surprise on October 15, the deadline for the filing of COC.
“She [Santiago] has a friend who asked us about it, but we were very honest to say that we’re committed to Mayor Duterte,” Cayetano added. “I really believe he’ll be the best President at this point in time so until the last minute, I will really push for him to run and give people a choice,” he added.
Trillanes, meanwhile, told The Manila Times that he has made a commitment to adopt Poe as his running mate.
“Well, unfortunately I haven’t talked to her [Santiago] and besides, we have already given our endorsement to Sen. Grace Poe,” he said.