SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. confirmed Thursday that he will be running with presidential aspirant Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago in the 2016 elections.
Marcos said the tandem was “not a surprise” because he and Santiago had informal talks about a week before the filing of certificate of candidacies for national posts in mid-October.
“It’s (Santiago-Marcos tandem) been official already for quite a long time when Senator Miriam declares her (presidential) candidacy,” Marcos told reporters at a Senate forum.
“It did not come as a surprise. We constantly believe in many of the same things,” he added.
Marcos also expressed confidence that Santiago, who claimed to have licked stage four lung cancer, can manage the energy-sapping campaign beginning in February next year.
“I don’t think she would embark upon this knowing the state of her health. She would’ve not joined the race if she is not physically fit,” he said.
Regarding their Senate slate, Marcos said he and Santiago would name six senatorial bets each.
Marcos’ preferred senatorial candidates are Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez, Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao, and Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno while migrant workers rights advocate Susan Ople was eyed by Santiago.
Asked what would be the campaign slogan of the Santiago-Marcos tandem, the senator quipped: “None, or perhaps ‘high blood’ because we both become high blood when we see weak and irrational government officials.”
Marcos added a Santiago administration “would be encouraging” as it would focus on good governance.
“We’d like to be specific about our view on the present state of the country – what problems we are facing and how those problems be solved,” he said. (Sunnex)
Photo Credit : Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (Photo by Ruth Abbey Gita/Sunnex)