MANILA - Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was the first national politician to appear on a radio show in Davao City that frequently features Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, raising speculations of a possible tandem between the two in 2016.
Appearing on the "Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa" show, Marcos said he is a big fan of Duterte, noting they both support federalism.
“Sumusunod lang ako kay Mayor Duterte… He is my mentor when it comes to politics. Ako’y tagahanga lang niya,” Marcos said.
Duterte, who has not been forthright about his plans for 2016, joked: “Hindi ko tuloy malaman dito kung ako ba ang presidente o siya."
Marcos said it would be best to leave the speculations to commentators, but noted his options will always be open.
Both said the movement of politics these days is different and that many obvious candidates have yet to disclose plans.
As for a possible tandem with Panfilo Lacson, Duterte said the former senator can carry his own banner sans a running mate.
“He is a class by himself, meaning he can run carrying the issues of the day. Hindi na ako kailangan diyan. Ngayon, kung magsama kami [at] masusunog, well mahirap yan, baka ako pa ang mapaso dyan... I said wala naman akong ambition talaga ... He is a class by himself,” Duterte said.
Lacson earlier said he is not open to a tandem with Duterte.
"[Una] baka umusok kaming dalawa... Pangalawa, eh parang isa lang ang dimension, ang core competence namin, parang nalilinya sa iisang aspeto lamang – ito ay sa larangan ng peace and order," Lacson had said. – from a report by Rodirey Salas, ABS-CBN News Davao