Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will also run in the presidential election in Election 2022, after he filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) on Wednesday. He also answered the possibility of Senator Bong Go, who filed the COC as vice presidential candidate, to be his running mate.
Marcos was accompanied by his wife Liza Araneta who went to the Harbor Garden Tent at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City to serve the COC.
On Tuesday, Marcos announced in a Facebook video his plan to run for president under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.
Earlier, the PFP on September 21 endorsed Marcos to be their presidential candidate in the May 2022 elections.
September 21 is the anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law by Marcos’ late father, Ferdinand Sr.
The elder Marcos was ousted from power in 1986 by a peaceful revolution and ended his dictatorial regime.
The younger Marcos told reporters on Wednesday that the PFP would have planned for President Rodrigo Duterte to be his vice-presidential candidate.
Bongbong Marcos answers possible tandem with Bong Go
“The original plan was for us to adopt PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) for our vice presidential candidate, pero sa mga nangyari noong nakaraang Sabado ay nagbago lahat ng plano,” according to the former senator who ran for vice president in the 2010 elections but lost to Leni Robredo.
“Kaya’t ngayon nagkokonsulta ang partido kung ano dapat gawin and what do we do now,” he said.
With Duterte’s resignation to run for vice president, his longtime aide Senator Bong Go, filed the COC for vice president on Saturday under a PDP-Laban faction.
When Marcos was asked if he would take Go as vice presidential candidate, the former senator said, “Paano iyon, Bongbong-Bong? Bong to the third power? Baka puwede rin, we’ll see.”
Although the candidates have already submitted the COC, they can be replaced by other party candidates until November 15.
Marcos also stated that he does not want to fight with anyone and wants to be a “unifying leader” in the face of the country’s COVID-19 crisis.