Bongbong Marcos ‘looking into’ plans for 2022 polls

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 17)— The camp of former Senator Bongbong Marcos said Wednesday they are “definitely” preparing and looking into plans for the upcoming 2022 national elections.

Marcos' legal counsel Atty. Vic Rodriguez made the pronouncement in an interview with CNN Philippines’ The Source, but did not provide further details.

“Definitely we are in the thick of preparations on two aspects,” Rodriguez said. “Number one, ‘yung patuloy na pagtulong dito sa pandemic… Pangalawa, of course we’re looking at 2022.”

May mga timeline din naman kaming sinusunod sa aming team. Na pagsapit ng January 1, 2021, ang mindset namin is geared towards 2022,” he added.

[Translation: Definitely we are in the thick of preparations on two aspects. Number one is to continue helping amid this pandemic, and second, of course we’re looking at 2022. We have a timeline that we follow in our team. That when January 1, 2021 rolls in, our mindset is geared towards 2022.]

Rodriguez added they would make an announcement with regards to Marcos’ specific plans for next year.

The statement comes following the dismissal of Marcos’ electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo — which he filed on June 30, 2016 to question poll results where the latter defeated him by 263,473 votes to clinch the coveted post. All 15 magistrates of the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, voted to dismiss the entire protest.

A highly-placed source in the tribunal said Marcos failed to present specific acts to back his claims of poll fraud, such as the time and manner of irregularities. Allegations presented were also bare and “laden with generic and repetitious allegations,” the source added.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez said the defeated candidate’s camp is approaching the announcement with “prudence and utmost caution,” adding they will be waiting for a copy of the full court decision before making the next step.

“We want to see and get hold of the entire decision so that we can make an intelligent analysis, so that we can make an intelligent and informed and enlightened advice to senator Bongbong Marcos, so that we can make intelligent legal moves should we decide for that avenue later on,” Rodriguez pointed out.