Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos II vehemently denied reports being circulated online and via text message that he will be announcing his presidential bid this September 20 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
In a statement to the press, Marcos said that he “never instructed, ordered, encouraged, and/or allowed any individual or group to invite people to the supposed activity” and that no one among his family, relatives, close friends, and staff have done so.
Marcos, the only son and namesake of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, expressed his belief that the erroneous advisory aims to discredit him. “I even received reports that people are being promised P4,500 for their attendance at the Philippine Arena, which is totally false because, in the first place, there will be no activity on September 20 that involves me,” he said.
“The truth about my plans in 2016 will only come from me and no one else. No one is authorized to speak on my behalf regarding my plans,” he reiterated. Marcos served as governor and congressman of Ilocos Norte before being elected Senator in 2010.
A member of the Nacionalista Party led by former Senate President Manuel Villar Jr., Marcos is frequently mentioned as a possible presidential candidate although he is far behind the front runners according to recent public opinion polls.
More recently, he is said to be the top choice of Vice President Jejomar Binay as his running-mate, although a deal is yet to be finalized. The political partnership between the two, if it materializes, will be all the more interesting since Binay first came to national prominence as an activist and human rights lawyer when Marcos’ father was president.
In fact, Binay extensively used his ties to the 1986 People Power Revolution and the family of the late former President Corazon Aquino to win the vice presidential race.