- Imelda is reportedly bent on pushing for the presidential bid of his senator-son
- The former FL has held talks with Bongbong’s potential runningmate
MANILA, Philippines – Former First lady and now Ilocos Norte representative Imelda Marcos reportedly wants her only son to run as president, not as vice president, amid reports that talks with the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) eventually failed for undisclosed reasons.
In a report from the Philippine Star by Perseus Echeminada, the 86-year-old Marcos matriarch supposedly summoned some 20 leaders of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) including retired generals loyal to the family to discuss about formally launching Bongbong’s presidential bid.
KBL is the party founded by Imelda’s late husband, former president and strongman Ferdinand E. Marcos, where she still sits as the titular head.
Their son, Bongbong, had since transferred to Manny Villar’s Nacionalista Party (NP), the same party where his father run under and won his first presidential term back in 1965.
However, the NP earlier said it will not field any candidates from the party as standard bearers and will instead support outsiders, which most likely will be the tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero.
Senator Marcos, for his part, is reportedly eyeing to run either alongside Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte or VP Jejomar Binay. But latest reports said the camp of Binay has decided to pick Senator Gregorio ‘Gringo’ Honasan as running mate, while Duterte, despite the absence of an official announcement, expressed preference to Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.
This has apparently left Marcos with very little choice but to run as vice president without a running mate, or vie for the presidency, also, possibly all by himself.
The recent development prompted his mother to call for an emergency meeting to help her son decide on his 2016 plan, according to Philstar, citing sources from inside the KBL.
“I want Bongbong to run as president, not vice president,” Imelda reportedly said in the meeting.
Aside from presiding over the meeting of KBL leaders, the first time the former First Lady had done so in many years, Imelda is reportedly talking to Bongbong’s potential running mates, although there were no names mentioned, so far.
“Madame Imelda is already talking to a possible running mate of Bongbong once he decides to join the presidential derby,” the source was quoted as saying.
The Ilocano senator, should he eventually decide to run for president, will face formidable opponents in a four-cornered fight between him and frontrunner Grace Poe, Mar Roxas and VP Binay, not to mention Duterte.
If he chooses to slide down to the vice presidential race, he will face an equally formidable rivals in Chiz Escudero, Leni Robredo, Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes IV and latest entry Honasan.
Despite everything that happend in recent days, with the political landscape slowly shaping up for many stakeholders in the coming election, Marcos has yet to formally declare his intention to run in 2016, if he has any.