Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. was endorsed last week as the presidential candidate of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) in next year’s polls.
But Marcos, namesake of the late strongman who was ousted from power during the EDSA 1 uprising in February 1986, hasn’t yet formally accepted the draft of the KBL which was the dominant political party during the martial law period.
“You cannot rush these things,” Marcos said, explaining that he still is assessing his chances of winning in the crowded presidential race.
Should he decide to join the race, Marcos will be ranged against Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Senator Manny Pacquiao, Senator Ping Lacson and Senator Bong Go (who is the reluctant running mate of President Duterte in the ruling PDP-Laban-Cusi faction).
Vice President Leni Robredo, who is being groomed by the “united” opposition group 1Sambayan, still has to make up her mind whether she will run as its standard bearer.
Marcos is no stranger to running in top-level electoral contests. In 2016, he lost to Ms. Robredo who ran under the then-ruling Liberal Party; but in 2010, he won as senator in the Nacionalista Party.
Marcos said running a presidential campaign this time will be made doubly-hard due to the pandemic as face-to-face campaigning and political rallies as well as grassroots gatherings are effectively ruled out to prevent the spread of the virus.
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