The jobless Bongbong Marcos, for now, cannot jeopardize his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. Marcos shows his support to sister Gov. Imee Marcos during the Ilocos 6 hearing with fellow former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. According to political Analyst, Ramon Casiple, Marcos’ protest can reach the 2019 election. The Marcos’ Camp is also aware that delay is the name of Robredo’s game. Therefore, as seen during the Ilocos Norte excise tax hearing in the Congress, it’s evident that the governor is the likely bet for Senator.
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[VIDEO]: Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos thanks ex-Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile for helping her testify in a House probe into alleged misuse of local tobacco funds.
All for 2019
The initially perceived as negative publicity for Gov. Imee Marcos has turned into calls for her to run as senator. Since she is now constitutionally barred from seeking reelection in 2019, running for Senator is the best option. Her brother can also seek for another senatorial term but he has gone through a lot already with his protest against Robredo that he cannot just abandon it.
Political analyst Ramon Casiple says Bongbong Marcos is yet to decide whether he’ll run for senator in 2019 but he is now unlikely to do that. He has to continue with his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo to satisfy public interest. Casiple is the chairman of the Consortium on Electoral Reforms. He said earlier that the speed of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) resolution of the case can make it or break it for Marcos.
Senatorial Race Not for BBM
If Marcos runs for Senator, the electoral protest will be moot and academic when he wins. In most cases, the PET just drop the case because of lack of interest. This is the reason why it is necessary for them to block every delaying tactics of Robredo’s camp.Marcos camp’s proposal to have 3 hearing commissioners, one for each cause of action in his electoral protest is a strategy to resolve the protest in less than two years but other factors before that already delayed the process. Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal is very good in questioning every detail of his actions.
The Governor is the 2019 Bet
Since the governor already expresses her intention to help in creating or revising laws, she’s ultimately the best bet for the Senatorial race as far as the Marcos Camp is concerned. Bongbong Marcos is being molded for the Presidency anyway. He has a lot of time to prepare for the 2022 elections.