Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is bent on running for president even if it means possibly facing off with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
Speculation is rife that Duterte will run for president after she withdrew her reelection bid on November 9.
On Thursday (November 11), the presidential daughter resigned from her regional party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), and joined Lakas-CMD, the party led by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
“I know what my plan is. We will continue my plan. That is what we are doing,” Marcos told reporters Thursday at the sidelines of the wedding of Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.’s daughter, Gianna.
Marcos and Duterte were both at the wedding as principal sponsors. They even walked down the aisle together.
Asked what he would do if Duterte pushes through with her presidential bid, Marcos said: “Then she will run. What can I say?”
“I entered this race with thoughts that I should run for president. That’s what I’m doing,” he added.
Marcos said he won’t change his plans even though he acknowledged that “everything is possible” in Philippine politics.
“Examine my situation. I have nowhere else to go. I cannot go anywhere. I will not change parties. I entered this race not to play any of these substitution or play with the rules,” he said.
The wedding of Revilla’s daughter in Cavite marked the first time Marcos and Duterte were seen together since October, when they flew to Cebu for some engagements.
In Cebu, the two politikos were photographed talking at the residence of House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez and having dinner with Governor Gwen Garcia.