• Bongbong Marcos is eyeing the presidency
  • Politics being his career, he said he aspires to as high a stature within his chosen field as he can achieve – the presidency
  • Bongbong Marcos is currently involved in an electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., the son and namesake of the late strongman of the Philippines, Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr., is eyeing to become the next president of the country after President Rodrigo Duterte’s term ends in 2022.

In an interview with the London-based Financial Times, Bongbong Marcos disclosed his desire to become the president of the country.

“My career is politics, and, of course, you aspire to as high a stature within your chosen field as you can achieve – and that would be president in my case. But it is not something that I wake up in the morning and plan on,” the younger Marcos said.

Bongbong Marcos with Pres. Rodrigo Duterte during the latter’s 72nd birthday (Image fromBongbong Marcos’ Facebook account)

When asked for his platform, Bongbong Marcos said he would support civil servants and teachers and make appointments based on merit and not political loyalty. He mildly criticized Pres. Duterte for his very strict adherence to the policy of not hiring or appointing someone he does not know.

“Because he’s (Pres. Duterte) now in the national arena, he must take advantage of the talent that’s available out there,” Bongbong said.

Bongbong also said that during his father’s time as president of the country, he would always hear the phrase “nation-building” which he said he no longer hear anymore.

“In my father’s administration, I kept hearing ‘nation-building’, and I do not hear that phrase anymore. It’s more politicking than nation-building,” he said.

Bongbong Marcos is currently involved in an electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. The Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal is conducting a manual recount of votes in several voting precincts.