Former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. was endorsed by the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) as its standard-bearer in the 2022 elections on Friday (September 24).
The national assembly of the KBL passed a resolution stating that Marcos, the party's official presidential candidate, was unanimously supported by the party's officials and members.
There have been talks that the son of the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., will seek higher office in the upcoming elections, although he has yet to confirm his plans for 2020.
Marcos, who himself is a member of the Nacionalista Party, said that while he is grateful for their support, he has yet to accept the nomination.
"If they endorsed me, I also thank them for that expression of support and trust they have bestowed upon me...I don't know that you can interpret that as an acceptance," he said during a news forum.
The former senator said he will "answer you when the time comes."
He clarified, however, that he is close to coming to a decision "but [is] not yet there."
"You cannot rush these things and I fully intend to take all the available time that I have to make my decision," Marcos said.
The former senator also added that he is still discussing possibilities with several potential candidates and political parties.
"No formal talks, all informal. Everybody who is in the mix ay kinakausap natin (We talk to everybody who is in the mix), these are all informal," he said.
In 2016, the younger Marcos ran as vice president but was defeated by then-Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo. He challenged her win, but the Presidential Electoral Tribunal confirmed Robredo’s victory.
In response to Robredo's remark that she is willing to run, even one-on-one against Bongbong, to prevent the Marcoses from rising back to power, the former senator said he will seek a position to serve the country.
"When you run it shouldn’t be against a particular person. You run because you think you can help because you have experience, you have the ability," he said.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.
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