Senator Marcos has edge over Bicolano aspirants for the vice-presidency?
There is no hiding the fact on veteran senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s belief that Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. will have a distinct advantage in the vice presidential race in 2016.
”It’s all very obvious. The Bicolanos will have to decide which one they will have to support or they will be split, for sure. With that condition, Senator Marcos will have a distinct advantage,” Enrile told the media.
Four Bicolano politicians running for the second highest elective post in the land (for vice-president) include Camarines Sur 3rd district representative Leni Gerona Robredo as anointed officialy by the Liberal Party, independent Sen. Chiz Escudero from Sorsogon but with the strong prospect of being taken in by the Nationalist People’s Coalition, independent Sen. Antonio Trillanes of Albay and Sen. Gregorio Honasan of Sorsogon of the United Nationalist Alliance.
Aside from Marcos, other non-Bicolano who declared intention to run for vice president is Senate minority leader Alan Peter Cayetano. But Cayetano’s wife, Maria Laarni Lopez Cayetano, currently the Mayor of Taguig City has family roots in Albay province, too.
Enrile said Marcos, a lawmaker from Ilocos Norte, is expected to enjoy the support of the so-called Solid North.
”If you’re outsider in Ilocandia — all the Ilocanos all over the country, they are that cohesive. Except a few individuals or those who maintain their individualism. We are talking of real politics. We are not talking of theories,” Enrile said. (with PNA report by Jelly Musico)