Former Senator and Presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos and Sen. Manny Pacquiao
By Junex Doronio
October 27, 2021
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – Nothing is impossible in Philippine politics, as some people, and it is not far-fetched that presidential aspirant former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will eventually team up with Senator Manny Pacquiao as his vice-presidential running mate.
The former senator’s sister, Senator Imee Marcos, has revealed that they are considering Pacquiao to be her brother’s running mate should the boxer-turned-politician be willing to slide down to a vice-presidential bid.
“Very obvious naman yung preference namin, sinasabing may ‘Solid North,’ mas malakas kami sa norte. Si Bongbong may [National Capital Region] din, malakas din naman kahit paano. Tapos Region 8. Pero medyo takot sa Mindanao, medyo bulag kami doon (Our preference is very obvious, we have the so-called “Solid North.” We’re strong in the north. Bongbong is also strong in the National Capital Region in one way or another as well as Region 8. But we are a bit scared when it comes to Mindanao.),” Sen. Marcos said in Teleradyo interview Wednesday.
Despite Pacquiao’s recent tirades, including his statement that the Marcos family should return their “ill-gotten wealth” and apologize for abuses during the Marcos regime, Senator Imee said: “Di na kami balat sibuyas pag medyo may bumibira, alam mo naman sa kasagsagan sa init ng halalan, OK lang (We are not thin-skinned, we know it’s because of the elections, it’s OK.)
It can be noted that in spite of the barrage of criticisms and allegations against BBM, he has always maintained his calmness and sticks with his vision for a more progressive Philippines.
With November 15 “switching deadline” fast approaching, Sen. Marcos further said that her brother is looking for a running mate he can get along with well.
“Si Bongbong, naghahanap ng ka-tandem na bagay sa kanya, yung kasundo niyang katrabaho kasi kahit papaano di ba dapat may tiwala ka, tapos bagay kayo at nagkakaintindihan kayo ng maigi. “Hindi lang naman boto boto yan e. Kailangan kaibigan mo rin to a certain degree (Bongbong is looking for a running mate that goes well with him, who he can go along with and trust. It’s not all about the votes. He needs someone he also considers a friend to a certain degree.),” she bared. (ai/mtvn)