SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV said Thursday that he is "100 percent" certain that he will jump into the 2016 vice presidential race.
"I am 100 percent sure that I will run as vice president," Trillanes said at a Senate forum in Pasay City.
"I don't have plans to grow old in politics. If you want change, you should aspire for now," he added.
Trillanes said he will run for higher post in 2016 even without the endorsement of the Nacionalista Party (NP).
He said that his group, the Magdalo party-list, would help in his campaign by mobilizing its resources at the grassroots level.
NP, a political party led by former senator Manuel Villar, has yet to name its vice presidential candidate in next year's polls.
Some of the NP members who may seek for higher positions, aside from Trillanes, are Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Trillanes, meanwhile, said the party has three options: field its own candidates, make possible alliance with the administration Liberal Party, or adopt other candidates like Senator Grace Poe, Local Government Manuel Roxas II and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Trillanes clarified that he would remain as a member of NP even if the party decides not to choose him as its bet for vice president.
To prepare for his vice presidential run, the senator said he took short courses on national and international security and joined Harvard University's leadership in development program.
Trillanes said he would run on a platform on poverty alleviation, anti-corruption and national security.
Based on the June 2015 survey of Social Weather Stations, seven percent of 1,200 respondents prefer Trillanes to be the next vice president. (Sunnex)