Bong Revilla non-committal on 2016 presidential bid

Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. on Tuesday said he will let destiny decide whether or not he will push through with his presidential bid in 2016.

“I do believe in destiny. Kung darating iyan, darating iyan, pero siyempre mahabang preparasyon at kailangan paghandaan,” Revilla said at a media briefing.

The senator assumed the top post of the opposition party, the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD), on Tuesday. Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, meanwhile, was elected as the minority party’s new president.

Revilla, however, admitted that as of now, he feels like he is not yet ready to become the Philippines’ next president. “I’m not yet ready, but getting ready… In case na magdesisyon ako, ibig sabihin handa na ako,” he said.

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, Lakas-CMD vice-chairman, revealed last week that the party is considering Revilla as its standard-bearer for the 2016 elections.

Suarez said Revilla’s popularity as a movie and television star will definitely help the senator draw crowds and win votes if he decides to push through with his presidential bid.

‘One election at a time’

Revilla said that the 2016 presidential elections is not his priority right now. “Malayo pa ‘yan. One election at a time… Wala pa kaming napag-usapan talaga at hindi naman po ako nagmamadali.”

He added that he feels “honored” to be considered as potential presidential candidate for 2016, together with Vice President Jejomar Binay and Transportation and Communications Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

Binay already announced his intention to run for president in 2016 as early as 2011. Senator Franklin Drilon, Liberal Party (LP) vice chairman, meanwhile said in a television interview last month that Roxas will be the administration candidate in the presidential polls.

Revilla said that his goal now is to support Lakas CMD's around 900 national and local candidates for the upcoming elections.

“We will move around the country. At the same time, financial support in our own little way, probably coming from ‘Indio',” Revilla said, referring to his primetime television show on GMA Network. — KBK, GMA News

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