BBM on choosing an admin ally for VP: 'Kami na lang ang natitira'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 7) — With less than two days left to find his running mate, former senator and now presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. is racing against time to finalize talks with allies from the Duterte administration to find someone who could run in tandem with him.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source on Thursday, Marcos reiterated the importance of strengthening alliance with the Duterte administration.

"Kami na lang talaga ang natitira dito sa (We re the only ones left in the) administration side. In fact, I think all presidential candidates now have identified themselves with the opposition," said Marcos.

"We have always considered ourselves, myself, a Duterte supporter. That alliance has been there since the beginning of his administration and even before that," the presidential aspirant said.

He added: "In politics, these alliances are supremely important. The question now is now we have formed those alliances, how to strengthen them and how to use them to the maximum effect during the campaign and subsequently the election."

Marcos, who filed his candidacy on Wednesday, revealed to the media that he wanted to "adopt" Duterte as his running mate because they come from different political parties. However, this didn't push through because the incumbent president surprised the public when he withdrew his plan to run as vice president to retire come 2022.

He said, however, that he was not offended by the President's sudden change of mind.

"They need to do what it is they feel is best for them. I will continue to do what I think is best for me," he said. "We are the two groups left in the administration side. In the end, clearly, we will be coming together and helping each other out."

Marcos said his current options are: to have vice presidential aspirant Sen. Bong Go as his running mate, wait for Duterte to change his mind, or just "continue as we are." His team will also consider other political events that might take place until Nov. 15, especially if Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte changes her mind on seeking reelection.

The filing of candidacy for the 2022 polls will run until Oct. 8 but aspirants seeking to substitute those withdrawing from party tickets can file their COCs until Nov. 15. If the reason is due to death or incapacity, substitution will be allowed until midday of May 9.

Marcos is expected to go head-to-head with other presidential aspirants Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, senators Ping Lacson and Manny Pacquiao, and Vice President Leni Robredo, who will file her candidacy for president later in the day.

Marcos is the son and namesake of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled the Philippines for 20 years until a a "people power" revolt forced his family to flee to exile in Hawaii, where he died three years later.