SEN. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., on Tuesday admitted that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s backing out of the presidential race will somehow help him and his camp decide on what to do in 2016.
Marcos, who is currently weighing his options in 2016, said Duterte’s decision will have a big difference in his planning since it not only changed the political situation but also removed one of the many variables in next year’s elections.
“That (Duterte’s declaration) will somehow clarify the situation and will have an effect on the decision we will be making,” he told reporters after attending the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) campus forum held at the Marikina Polytechnic College (MPC).
Duterte, who was earlier reported to be eyeing the presidency, declared on Monday he is not running for president and that he will retire from public life for good.
Duterte is a member of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
But Marcos said there is a chance that Duterte will have a change of heart.
“I would like to wait until I could talk to him (Duterte) and find out from him what exactly is his plan,” the senator said, explaining that he is going to make the most important decision in his political career that is why it is very important for him to consider all variables before deciding.
Senator Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, President of PDP-Laban, admitted that they are hoping Duterte will change his mind regarding his political plans.
Pimentel said he is not totally convinced that Duterte will give up politics because according to his friends in Davao, the mayor has been known to make last-minute changes on his decisions.
“My concern is the campaign for the presidency is different from the campaign for mayor, he may be able to pull last minute changes off in the mayoralty campaign but for presidency, it will be difficult,” Pimentel said in a separate interview.
Political analyst Professor Ramon Casiple also doesn’t buy Duterte’s announcement, saying the mayor is likely to pursue his plan to run for a higher position in 2016.
“It’s not over until it’s over, October 16 is still far away,” Casiple said.