Marcos formally declares vice presidential bid

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Sen. Bongbong Marcos

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. formally announced in public on Saturday (October 10) his bid for the vice presidency in the 2016 polls.

Hundreds of Marcos supporters attended the senator's event at the Punta Real Garden in Intramuros, Manila.

Marcos' family — his mother, Imelda, as well as sisters, Irene and Imee — were also present.

Various politicians were also spotted including Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, and Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos.

Marcos said that despite the country's declaration of independence over a hundred years ago, the Philippines remained a slave to poverty and corruption.

He reminded the public to remember the sacrifices and accomplishments of the country's heroes — things which he said he intended to continue.

He noted that the country remained hounded by a lot of issues that needed to be resolved — such as illegal drugs and smuggling, high rate of unemployment, as well as an ineffective mass transport system.

Before this public announcement, Marcos posted on his website last Monday (October 5) a statement that he would run for the vice presidency.

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Marcos also scored the government over the fact that thousands of Filipinos remain hungry and homeless especially in Yolanda stricken areas.

With all these problems, he said it's high time to elect someone who will push for the interest of the public and the greater good.

Marcos added that he wanted to bring back the integrity and dignity of the country.