MANILA, Oct 2 (Mabuhay) — Senator Antonio Trillanes IV confirmed Friday he will officially declare his plan to run for vice president in the 2016 elections this Saturday.
Trillanes, a member of the Nacionalista Party (NP), said that he will run as an independent candidate after some NP members are reportedly eyeing the same electoral post.
“Tatakbo ako as independent although I am a member of the Nacionalista Party. ‘Yun pong partido ay magso-‘sona libre’ dahil marami nga po kaming party members na tatakbo for the same position,” Trillanes said.
The senator added he will support the presidential bid of Senator Grace Poe, pursuant to the decision of his other group, the Magdalo bloc.
“‘Yung amin po kasing grupo, ‘yung Magdalo ay namili po sa mga kandidato at ang napili po ng mga chapter leader namin all over the country ay si Senator Grace Poe. Kaya as far as the group is concerned, ang aming tandem po ay Poe-Trillanes,” he said.
Trillanes said his platform will remain consistent to his “core competencies” on pushing for programs on “peace and order, anti-corruption and anti-poverty.”
The vice presidential aspirant will make his announcement at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City, tomorrow afternoon.
Trillanes is bound to run against fellow NP member Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong”Marcos, also an NP leader, is himself considering a possible run for either the presidency or vice presidency.
Cayetano is expected to be the running mate of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Marcos has been eyed by the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) as a running mate though the senator remains non-committal.
Also included in the derby for the vice presidential post is Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero who will alongside Senator Grace Poe.
Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Mar Roxas, meanwhile, continues to woo Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo to be his running mate. (MNS)