Senator-elect Imee Marcos on Thursday said she was not thinking of running for president and that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will be the "strongest" candidate in the 2022 race.
The Senate newcomer said her father, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, once told her that senators "conspire to become president and on occasion play golf."
"It's not a real accurate depiction of things. Wala sa ulo namin iyan," Marcos told ANC.
"I don't think it's (presidency) in my mind right now," she added.
The 63-year-old outgoing governor of Ilocos Norte also said that Duterte-Carpio, who endorsed her Senate run, is "the strongest presidential candidate clearly for 2022."
"She has the connection with the people like her dad does, she has the same authenticity that we love and fell in love with President [Rodrigo] Duterte for. Perhaps there are those saying that she lacks experience, pero (but) that's quickly gained," she said.
Sen. Cynthia Villar, who topped the Senate race and won a fresh mandate, would also be a "great" candidate because she is "hardworking" and "committed," said Marcos.
"The worst thing that can happen is if we have no choices, but if we have great choices, e bongga 'di ba (it would be great, wouldn't it)?" she said.
ANC, May 30, 2019