- Former Senator Bongbong Marcos declared that he will not run for Senator for the 2019 elections
- Marcos will stick to his decision even though President Duterte endorsed him
- Presidential Electorial Tribunal (PET)’s recounting of votes in connection with the election protest filed by Marcos is expected to begin in February
On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos said that he will not run for Senate in the 2019 election as he will finish his electoral protest against Vice President Lenny Robredo.
“I am not running for senator in 2019. Hindi ko titigilan ang protestang ito dahil tapat ang aking paniniwala na dinaya ako noong nakaraang halalan at ipapalabas ko ang tunay na bilang ng boto nang malaman ng tao kung sino talaga ang pinili ng taumbayan para maging bise presidente,“ Marcos said on ‘Kapihan sa Manila Bay’ on Wednesday, January 10 as disclosed by Inquirer.
[I am not running for Senator in 2019. I will not give up on this protest because I know it’s true that I was cheated on the previous elections and I will release the real number of votes so that the people will know who the people’s choice for vice president really was.]
The former Senator said he doesn’t see any reason why he would change his mind. “Bakit ako tatakbo ng senador eh nanalo na ako ng bise presidente,” Marcos added. [Why would I run for senator, I already won as vice president.]
When asked if he would stand by his decision even if President Rodrigo Duterte endorses him, Marcos said, “Kahit i-endorse, that won’t stop me from (pursuing) the protest.”
As per the story posted by GMA News, the Presidential Electorial Tribunal’s (PET) recounting of votes in connection with the election protest filed by Marcos is expected to begin in February. Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental are the three plot provinces that covers the ballot recount.
These were chosen by Marcos as the best provinces where he could prove the irregularities alleged in his protest.
Meanwhile, Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal said, that in case Marcos could not prove any substantial recovery of votes from these three pilot provinces, the former senator’s protest will be dismissed for lack of merit.