Former Senator Bongbong Marcos
By Junex Doronio
DAVAO CITY — Despite the junking of his electoral protest by the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos Jr. looms as the likely administration standard-bearer if Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio makes good of her oft-repeated statement that despite topping surveys she will not join the presidential race 15 months from now.
This developed as Duterte-Carpio has barred her supporters in the country’s largest city from organizing motorcades prodding her to run for president in 2022.
According to presidential spokesman Harry Roque, inspite of the junking of Marcos’ electoral protest, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte still prefers the only son and namesake of the late strongman to Robredo in terms of leadership skills.
Roque, however, clarified that the Palace respects the SC ruling that junked the poll case filed by Marcos against Robredo.
In a radio interview on Monday, February 24, Duterte-Carpio said some barangay officials, along with some supporters in the city, are planning to stage a motorcade to convince her to run for the presidency.
She bluntly told organizers to better save the fuel of their vehicles for some other essential purposes because she is firm in her decision not to run in the upcoming elections.
Duterte-Carpio also advised the group not to push through with their activity since the city is still under pandemic.
The mayor has ordered the removal of tarpaulins, posters, and billboards with the text “Run, Sara, Run,” mounted by her supporters in some parts of the city.
“Tingala siguro ang mga tao ngano wala ko ginahatag nga rason kung ngano dili ko gusto mudagan pagkapangulo. Sa ilang tan-aw siguro, there is this chance nga tingali magbag-o akong huna-huna or wala ko nagsulti og tinuod (They might wonder why I am not giving any reasons why I am not running for the presidency. They thought there is this chance that I might change my mind, or that I am not telling the truth),” Duterte-Carpio said.
She thanked her supporters but stressed that she would rather run for president in 2034, “if at that time, there is something I can do to help the country.”
President Rodrigo Duterte, in recent public speeches, had also discouraged his eldest daughter from running for the country’s highest post.
Some political observers said Marcos may likely square off with Senator and PDP-Laban president Manny Pacquiao, former Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano of the Nacionalista Party (NP) and Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez of the revived Reporma party.
Senators Ping Lacson and Dick Gordon have “no strong political party,” the political observers said.
Meanwhile, sources said the Liberal Party (LP) is in quandary as Robredo was hesitant to declare her intention to run for president until September or a month before the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COC) and even hinted that she might run for governor in Camarines Sur. (AI/MTVN)