Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday said he will vote for Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago for President in the 2016 elections.
Marcos has been linked to various presidential contenders, including Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Jejomar Binay.
Recently, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said he would run for President if Sen. Grace Poe and Binay were disqualified and that he wants Marcos as his Vice President.
Speaking at the Kapihan sa Manila Hotel media forum, Marcos squelched speculations that his vote will go to Duterte because like the Davao mayor he is pushing to instill discipline through strict implementation of laws.
“Of course not, I will vote for my President, Sen. Miriam is my President,” he said.
Reiterating that he had entered into a “loose coalition” with Santiago, Marcos disclosed that they agreed on many issues and concerns.
He admitted that he earlier sought the support and endorsement of Duterte, who is his friend but the situation changed when the Davao City mayor decided to enter the presidential race.
Meanwhile, Marcos said while there is still no hard data to show the exact correlation of social media and voting preferences, Santiago’s critics should not underestimate the support she is getting from netizens.
“But if you look at the demographic of those most active in social media, it is precisely the demographic of the largest sector in our country, the young people,” he explained.
The senator said the youth sector, specifically those aged between 16 and 35, constitutes 44.4 percent of the country’s electorate.
“I would venture to say that all of them are on social media in one form or another,” Marcos added.
Like Santiago, he pushed legislation in the Senate for benefits for the youth sector.
Marcos is an author of the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform bill that Congress has approved and currently awaiting signature of the President to become law.