Trillanes officially announces VP bid, endorses Poe as president

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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Saturday formally declared that he will run for vice president in 2016.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Sen. Antonio Trillanes has officially declared his bid to run as vice president in the 2016 elections during a convention of the Magdalo group on Saturday (October 3).

Trillanes said he plans to address issues he thinks should be a priority for someone aiming to be the country's vice president.

“It is still the same peace and order, anti-corruption, and anti-poverty,” said Trillanes.

The senator admitted that running for a higher post is indeed a very challenging decision.

Isa itong malaking pagkakataon na mapalawak natin ang ating paninilbihan sa ating bayan. Subalit ito ay isang mabigat na laban, mahirap ho ito dahil ang ating mga kalaban ay mga kilalang pangalan sanlarangan ng pulitika,” said Trillanes.

Ngunit ako ay naniniwala na kung ang ating layunin ay i-ahon ang ating bayan… habang tayo ay magkakaisa tayo ay magtatagumpay.

On Saturday, he made his official declaration in front of his fellow Magdalo soldiers and supporters.

Mga kapwa ko Magdalo, aking mga kababayan, sa inyong pasya ako po at tatakbo bilang bise presidente ng ating bansa sa darating na halalan.

Although Trillanes is a member of the Nacionalista Party, he will be running as an independent candidate in 2016.

If they will have their way, the Magdalo group sees a Poe-Trillanes an ideal tandem.

For them the two could make a good tandem as their ideals and platforms to seek reform and development in the country are alike.

Sen. Grace Poe accepted the Magdalo group's support.

She was not present but her son, Brian Llamanzares, came in her behalf. However, the independent presidential candidate sent a video message for the group.

Maraming salamat mula sa kahibuturan ng aking puso ang inyong pagtitiwala at suporta… kasama niyo po ako sa inyong patuloy na pakikipaglaban sa korapsyon at pagsusulong ng transparency sa ating gobyerno kasama niyo rin po ako sa laban na dapat maiparating sa ating mga sundalo at sa inyong mga pamilya ang mga benepisyo mula sa gobyerno,” said Poe.

No political figures were spotted during the event except for Magdalo Partylist Reps. Garry Alejano and Ashley Acedillo.

The Magdalo started out as a group of reformist soldiers. They led two stand offs against the Arroyo administration the Oakwood mutiny in 2003 and the Manila Peninsula siege in 2007.

But now the group has turned into a socio-political movement advocating government reforms.