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Marcos widens range of VP choices — Palace

Malacañang  on Tuesday  welcomed the decision made by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.  to join the 2016 vice presidential race, saying that this will benefit the Filipino electorate.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the now vice presidential race among Senators Marcos, Francis Escudero, Antonio Trillanes IV, Alan Peter Cayetano, 3rd District Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and Gregorio Honasan offers voters a wide range of candidates.

“Senator Marcos joins a robust field of vice presidential hopefuls that now include Rep.    Robredo and his fellow Senators [Allan Peter] Cayetano, [Antonio] Trillanes and Honasan. Our people are provided with a wide latitude of choice and an opportunity to compare platforms for governance and track records,” Coloma said.  

“We trust that the sovereign electorate will choose the most qualified and most competent among the aspirants,” Coloma said.

The ruling Liberal Party is fielding Robredo for the vice presidential race.  

She is now the running mate of standard bearer former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.  

Robredo declared her vice presidential bid   on Monday.

Also last Monday, Marcos formally announced his bid  for the vice presidential race, claiming that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has promised to support him.

“I flew to Davao City on Wednesday   and consulted with Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. He was gracious enough to promise me his support should I decide to run for vice president. I too will support Mayor Duterte if and when he runs for President,” Marcos said.

Escudero  would team up with  Senator Grace Poe. Honasan said he was  open to be the running mate of vce president Jejomar Binay.

Honasan for his part  said he was honored being considered Binay’s running mate. ‘‘The Binay  camp’s Executive Committee made me an offer  to run as vice president,’’ Honasan added, but  he said he has yet to receive the letter formalizing the offer. A retired colonel, Honasan is vice chairman of UNA.  With Macon Araneta

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