MANILA, Philippines – Amid plans by a two-party alliance to launch their tandem for the 2016 elections, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. both denied they are teaming up.
“It’s no longer my time,” ABS-CBN quoted Duterte as saying. “I’m okay with serving 22 years as mayor, 23 if I make it to next year.
Along the same line, the tough-talking mayor—popular with the public due to his anti-crime crusade and no-nonsense style of governance—took back his earlier statement saying he would only run if he surpasses Vice President Jejomar Binay’s ratings.
“My standards have been increased,” he said. “[My ratings] should be 91% but if not, then it’s nada.”
On the other hand, Senator Marcos said he was surprised that his recent statement describing a team-up with Duterte as viable was being taken out of context.
“This political tandem is considered premature,” he said at the Luzon Island Cluster Conference of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines.
Elaborating further, Marcos said that while he is thankful for the support being given, he also believes that any potential tandem right now would be just mere speculation.
“I was shocked when I learned that tandem but this is only a handiwork and proposal of our supporters and I’m very thankful for their support,” he said. “However, our Nacionalista political party doesn’t have a decision yet and we are still on (sic) the process of meeting our partymates to further decide who the party will support in the 2016 elections.”
On Saturday, the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) which was founded by the senator’s late father Ferdinand Marcos and the left-wing Partido ng Manggagawa at Magsasaka (PMM) formally inked their alliance following the former’s vow to make Marcos and Duterte president and vice president respectively.
“The party will push for reforms in the judiciary to end selective and delayed justice, congestion of court dockets and jails,” KBL head Vicente Millora said.