Trillanes '100% sure' about running for VP

by Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 25 2015 12:22 PM | Updated as of Jun 26 2015 12:05 AM

MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has declared he will run for the country’s second highest position in the 2016 elections, and that nothing can stop his plans—not even if his own party does not endorse him.

“I am 100 percent sure that I will run for vice president this 2016,” Trillanes told reporters at a news forum on Thursday, departing from his earlier statements that he was still thinking through his options.

Trillanes had just come from the US, where he said he began preparing for a vice presidential run by taking short courses on national and international security and joining Harvard University’s leadership in development program.

The Nacionalista Party (NP), where Trillanes belongs, has yet to come up with its roster of candidates for 2016.

Trillanes said that while he has made his intentions clear, there is no certainty yet he would be picked as NP’s official vice presidential candidate.

Even if he does not get an official endorsement, however, Trillanes said he would still run for vice president and remain an NP member.

He admitted that it would be difficult, but said his group, Magdalo Party-list, would mobilize its resources at the grassroots level.

“What we don’t have in terms of resources for advertisements, we make up for it by expanding our grassroots organization,” Trillanes said.

“We’ll just go directly to the people. Hangga’t kaya, we’ll reach out to the different LGUs, hoping na makumbinsi namin sila na we are the better alternative (As much as we can, we’ll reach out to the different local government units, hoping to convince them that we are the better alternative).”

Trillanes has also fared poorly in recent pre-election surveys, rating only 1.1 percent in a latest SWS survey on possible vice presidential bets, and ranking behind 10 other personalities.

But Trillanes said he is unfazed, confident that survey standings will change after the filing of certificates of candidacy in October.

Aside from Trillanes, other NP senators who may run for higher positions in 2016 are Alan Peter Cayetano and Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Trillanes said the NP is considering three options: fielding its own candidates, coalescing with the Liberal Party as it did in 2013, or adopting outsiders like Senator Grace Poe and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has declared he will run for the country’s second highest position in the 2016 elections, and that nothing can stop his plans—not even if his own party does not endorse him.

“I am 100 percent sure that I will run for vice president this 2016,” Trillanes told reporters at a news forum on Thursday, departing from his earlier statements that he was still thinking through his options.

Trillanes had just come from the US, where he said he began preparing for a vice presidential run by taking short courses on national and international security and joining Harvard University’s leadership in development program.

The Nacionalista Party (NP), where Trillanes belongs, has yet to come up with its roster of candidates for 2016.

Trillanes said that while he has made his intentions clear, there is no certainty yet he would be picked as NP’s official vice presidential candidate.

Even if he does not get an official endorsement, however, Trillanes said he would still run for vice president and remain an NP member.

He admitted that it would be difficult, but said his group, Magdalo Party-list, would mobilize its resources at the grassroots level.

“What we don’t have in terms of resources for advertisements, we make up for it by expanding our grassroots organization,” Trillanes said.

“We’ll just go directly to the people. Hangga’t kaya, we’ll reach out to the different LGUs, hoping na makumbinsi namin sila na we are the better alternative (As much as we can, we’ll reach out to the different local government units, hoping to convince them that we are the better alternative).”

Trillanes has also fared poorly in recent pre-election surveys, rating only 1.1 percent in a latest SWS survey on possible vice presidential bets, and ranking behind 10 other personalities.

But Trillanes said he is unfazed, confident that survey standings will change after the filing of certificates of candidacy in October.

Aside from Trillanes, other NP senators who may run for higher positions in 2016 are Alan Peter Cayetano and Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Trillanes said the NP is considering three options: fielding its own candidates, coalescing with the Liberal Party as it did in 2013, or adopting outsiders like Senator Grace Poe and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.