Bongbong Marcos eyes Philippine presidency


Posted at Jun 21 2018 11:08 PM | Updated as of Jun 21 2018 11:29 PM

MANILA - Former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said he is planning to return to politics as president of the Philippines, years after he failed to clinch the country's second highest position.

In an interview with the Financial Times, the younger Marcos said he is aspiring to get the government's top post.

"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," he said.

Marcos said he will build a "more egalitarian system of government."

"In my father’s administration, I kept hearing ‘nation-building’, and I do not hear that phrase any more,” he said. 

“It’s more politicking than nation-building," Marcos added.

He was also quick to dismiss corruption allegations against his family, saying: "None of the cases that were filed against us have been won."

Martial law under regime of former president Ferdinand Marcos was marked with corruption and atrocities with at least 3,257 people killed and some 35,000 others tortured. 

The Marcos family's ill-gotten wealth is estimated to reach $10 billion, according to the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG). Only P170 billion has been recovered in 30 years.

The younger Marcos is also involved in an electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo, after she defeated him in the 2016 vice-presidential race by 263,473 votes.

In his protest, Marcos contested the results in 132,446 precincts in 39,221 clustered precincts covering 27 provinces and cities.

The Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, is currently holding a manual recount of votes from Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental, the three pilot provinces chosen by Marcos which cover 5,418 clustered precincts.

The result of the manual recount will determine whether the protest will proceed.