Bongbong Marcos wanted Rodrigo Duterte to be his vice president

Presidential aspirant and dictator's son Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. wanted strongman Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte as his vice presidential running mate, Marcos himself said on Wednesday, October 6.

"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, nagbago lahat ng plano, kaya ngayon, nagku-konsulta kami," said Marcos, when he faced the media after filing his certificate of candidacy (COC) for president.

(But with what happened on Saturday, all our plans changed, so now, we are making consultations.)

Marcos was referring to the Saturday surprise at the Commission on Elections when Senator Bong Go, earlier nominated to be president by his PDP-Laban faction, filed for candidacy for vice president and Duterte, nominated to be VP, said he would instead retire from politics.

Marcos said the earlier talks with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte "never reached specifics," such as the combination of tandems, whether it would be Sara-Bongbong or Bongbong-Sara.

"Hindi na umabot ang usapan namin sa ganun (We never reached that stage)," said Marcos.

Sara has filed her candidacy for reelection as mayor of Davao City.

Is he willing to get Go then as his running mate?

"Ano 'yun Bongbong-Bong, Bong to the third power? Baka puwede rin, we'll see, lahat naman siguro tayo nagulat sa mga pangyayari noong Sabado, so we have to determine what the effects of all of that will be, not only on me, but also the rest of the candidates in our party specifically," said Marcos.

(What would that be, Bongbong-Bong, Bong to the third power? Maybe, we'll see, we were all surprised by what happened on Saturday, so we have to determine what the effects of all of that will be, not only on me but also the rest of the candidates in our party specifically.)

Marcos ran under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), a three-year-old pro-Duterte party. It was a switch from his longtime party, the Nacionalista Party of the Villars.

Marcos' presidential bid was itself also last-minute, announced only on Tuesday, October 5 via a recorded video streamed on his Facebook page.

Marcos said he has yet to finalize their senatorial lineup. –

Lian Buan

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