DUTERTE-MARCOS TANDEM POSSIBLE

marcosBY ROGER M. BALANZA

Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. said a tandem with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is an option he is considering for the 2016 election.

But the son of the late ousted President Ferdinand Marcos said it is too early to choose the option with the election still far ahead.

Like Duterte, Marcos is being counted as a presidential candidate in the 2016 derby.

Duterte, on the other hand, has said he is not running for President even as surveys placed him at third behind front runner Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Grace Poe. Marcos is way below the ladder but he is considered in presidential surveys for presidential preference.

Marcos was expected to make the dash to Malacanang under the banner of the Nacionalista Party (NP). Although belonging to the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban), Duterte and his homegrown local party Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod are also alligned with the administration Liberal Party of President Benigno Aquino. Binay belongs to the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA); Poe ran as an independent candidate in the 2013 senatorial run but was adopted by LP into its slate.

In an interview aired on the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN in Davao City on Sunday, June 14, Marcos skirted a question by host lawyer-journalist Geraldine Tiu if he sees a tandem with Duterte.

The Sunday television program is the regular weekly program of Duterte, who sat with Marcos as guest. Marcos was in the city over the weekend to speak before a convention of mining engineers.

Marcos did not outrightly dismiss the possible 2016 scenario with him running in tandem with Duterte.

Who will run for what position between the two was not part of Tiu’s question.

” I always follow the advice of my late father,”said Marcos.

” Keep your options open,” said Marcos of the advise of the late President who was ousted in a People Power revolution in 1986.

“The advise had served me well,” said Marcos.

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