No plans: Marcos denies grooming his eldest son to be future president

Presidential son Sandro Marcos is not being groomed to be a future president, President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said.

Ilocos Norte 1st district Rep. Sandro Marcos (left) and President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. (Lakas-CMD)

"We're not grooming him for anything. He is grooming himself. He has decided on this career in politics and he will handle it the way he does," the President said during an interview on Monday, Jan. 23.

He said there is no long-term plan that will put his eldest son, who is a political neophyte serving as Congressman of Ilocos Norte, in the highest position of the land.

"There is not some long-range plan that one day, Sandro is going to be president," he said.

"Actually, he will laugh in your face if you tell him that...He has a work pa in Ilocos Norte, even talk of the presidency would be so, so premature. And it's not something that we plan," he added.

The chief executive further said that Sandro has the same attitude as him in terms of his political career where he just does well, works hard, and "take this as far as I can."

He also clarified that the reason behind Sandro's participation in presidential foreign trips is his role in the crafting of the Maharlika Investment Fund.

"The reason he accompanies us is because he is an author of the Maharlika fund bill," the president said, adding that Sandro would sometimes take over the discussion on the bill with other foreign leaders.