Marcos says he might team up with Duterte

VICE presidential hopeful Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. hinted Wednesday on the possibility that he might run with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who announced his presidential bid last weekend.

"This is Philippine Politics. Everything is possible. So we'll see. This election has turned out to be unique and there are many, shall we say, arrangements that are not traditional," the senator said after the Anvil Business Club Inc. General Membership Meeting.

Marcos initially wanted Duterte to be his running-mate but eventually lost hope when the mayor had not filed his candidacy papers for president at the Commission on Election (Comelec) last October 16, the last day of the filing of certificate of candidacy.

Duterte was however triggered to run for president after the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) acknowledged presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe as a "natural-born Filipino citizen."

Marcos, who is forming a "loose coalition" with presidential aspirant Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, is now talking with Duterte about his plans for the upcoming 2016 national elections.

"First of all, we still have to know some kind of finality what the mayor's plan really are because sometimes, he is saying that he is running but sometimes, he's not. So I will be talking to him again and ask him what his plans are," the senator said.

Asked if he would just form a loose coalition with Duterte like what he had done with Santiago, Marcos said, "I think no. I would like to have the support of everybody – not only the mayor. And I would welcome that support. Again, these things are all pretty much open still."

Pressed further on what would happen on his tandem with Santiago, he said, "We will have to find and make our own way with Senator Miriam to define exactly what our coalition would be… As I said, we are still trying to define the loose coalition that we are forming."

Duterte is allegedly running with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. (Sunnex)

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