• Marcos eyes higher office in 2016

    HERE COMES THE SON Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. addresses students attending a youth forum on the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the University of Perpetual Help in Las Piñas City. PHOTO BY RENATO H. DILAN

    HERE COMES THE SON Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. addresses students attending a youth forum on the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the University of Perpetual Help in Las Piñas City. PHOTO BY RENATO H. DILAN

    Not reelection under Grace-Chiz senatorial line-up

    Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said he will no longer seek reelection as senator in 2016.

    The son and namesake of the former president in an interview with Bombo Radyo on Monday night said he has been consulting “friends” about his plans to run for either President or Vice President in next year’s national elections.

    Marcos, whose term expires next year, is allowed under the law to seek another term in the Senate. He placed 7th in the 2007 senatorial elections.

    “Of course, talks have been going on. We’re also talking with the Nacionalista Party as well as other political parties and groups. But what I can say now is we’re not talking about reelection. What we’re talking about is the possibility of running for higher office and not for the Senate,” he said in Filipino.

    Marcos’ statement was his reply when asked on whether he will run for a higher position and on what the real score is about his election plan in 2016.

    But he was still coy on what “higher position” he was referring to, as he said he is still closely monitoring and analyzing election-related political developments leading to next year’s polls.

    “We still need to see the line-up, who will be teaming up, who are allied with us and especially the parties involved because you don’t stand a chance if you don’t have the machinery, a solid machinery,” Marcos said.

    His pronouncements dispelled speculations that he will be in the senatorial slate of the reported tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Francis ”Chiz” Escudero.

    The Poe-Escudero team is reportedly trying to form a united senatorial ticket composed of candidates identified with both the opposition and the administration.

    Aside from Marcos, among those floated as possible senatorial candidates are Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Director General Joel Villanueva, boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd.

    Escudero, however, denied the existence of such line-up as well as the supposed Poe-Escudero tandem, noting that they have not even decided if they will run for higher positions next year.

    Poe, the pre-election frontrunner in both presidential and vice presidential surveys, is being wooed by the Liberal Party to run in tandem with its standard-bearer, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd.


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    1. Marcos sr.is even better than both mother and son.Can anyone enumerate all the achievements of mother and son if theirs any and compared that to the Marcose’s achievement?Anything bads that anyone reads on paper is the handiwork of the oligarch and the yellow media to make it appear the Marcos was really a bad president.Mother and son did not even bother to open the case who really killed Ninoy because they knew already who the killer was.Gusto Lang nila na patuloy ang galit ng mga tao kay Marcos.I’d rather choose Bongbong than anyone else to be my president.Tingnan mo naman Kung magsalita pa Lang ay hindi sanggano compared to Noynoy,remember”buhay ka pa naman”may breeding…BBM 2016!!!!

    2. Bongbong has every right to seek VP or even presidency. He should not be faulted for whatever fault his father or mother has committed against country and people. He should be judge on his own merits, probable or evident love of country, and loyalty to the Filipino people. The problem, I think, is acceptability and/or rating. There others equally qualified and popular Filipinos expected to run. He may not have the votes. But – good luck to you Mr. Senator!

    3. dio san pedro on

      In 2004, Switzerland returned to the Philippines treasury $683,000,000 of Marcos’s assets. 683 MILLION DOLLARS not pesos. In today’s peso, it will be over 3.5 BILLION. Can you people think for a minute where did this money came from? Now, they’re back as Senator, Governor, and member of Congress. They didn’t get THESE seats on their own and its not their fault–the people of the Philippines voted them back to office.

      Someone robs your house and takes most of everything you have and makes you poor–one of the poorest in the neighborhood. This robber use your money to buy luxurious houses, things, and lived a luxurious lifestyle while you remained dirt poor. In a few years, this robber comes back and ask you if he/she can stay in your house and you said yes. You deserved to be rob in the first place.

    4. Queenie Serrano on

      I am more in favor of Senator Chiz Escudero running for Vice President than Bongbong Marcos. I do admire his work on the BBL but I think he is more for the legislative branch.

    5. Dapat malaman ng mga anti-Marcos na umupo si Cory at kinasuhan si Marcos mismo sa America at Pilipinas. Ibinasura ng korte ang mga kaso kono na yun! Madaling mag-akusa, magbintang, at manira pero walang prueba o ebidensya. Yung mga biktima ng martial law sino ba sila? Karamihan ay mga miyembro ng NPA at kumunista na lumaban at gustong pabagsakin ang gobyerno!

    6. Ito naman si gregorio de ocampo, hindi niya nagawa kasi ang gusto niyang gawin na manloko at magnakaw, kaya hanggang langit ang galit niya kay marcos..Kaya hanggang ngayon sira parin ang ulo niya, ang akala niya si macoy parin ang pangulo…he he he he he…at saka ipinapasa sa iba ang pagkainutil niya he he he he!

    7. I believe that the “solid north” is still intact. With strong family connections in the south and more trust from other smaller groups in Mindanao, having been given importance in the BBL talks, BBM has a very good chance over Binay, Poe or Roxas. Binay has a lot to explain because of corruption charges; Poe has questionable status and very inexperienced; and, Roxas having lost in the last elections has a “full luggage” to carry which includes his anoinment by BS Aquino. Among the four, he has the “it”!

      • I think you just read books and here something bad about the Marcos’s. In reality it’s a lot better before than now . You can ask many of the majority older guys out there.

      • Josie De Vera on

        Mr. Gregorio de Ocampo, ang isang matinong tao ay hindi ganyan magsalita! Masyadong personal at below the belt ang mga salita mo! Magpakalalaki ka naman – isang matinong lalaki! At ang isang matinong lalaki ay pinag-iisipan ng husto ang mga sinasabi niya!

    8. Bobski Natividad on

      With “papa doc” gone now we have ” baby doc” aiming for the highest position in the country.

    9. willie macawili on

      I agree he is a different person compared to his father but his family name carries the stigma. Not for all the tea in China I will vote for him. I am very much turned off by the thoughts that he is doing this to give in to his mother’s wishes.

      • Tricycle Driver on

        Why, what did FM Jr do that brought shame to himself and the country? Did he steal? Did he aid the smugglers? Does he keep mistresses all over?

        He may be cursed with having his father’s name, but I think he’s learned some valuable lessons from his youth.

        So you think the father’s sins are also the sins of the son?

        Tell me, are you anything like your father? Or are you better than him? Or are you repeating your father’s failures and sins?