VIGAN CITY – A press release sent out today announced the plan of Imee Marcos to run for senator in the 2019 elections. Reports from other media sources also confirms her COC filing this morning.
Imee Marcos is the eldest daughter of former president Ferdinand E. Marcos and is currently serving her final term as governor of Ilocos Norte. Her mother, former first lady Imelda Marcos is running to replace her as governor, while her son, Ilocos Norte Board Member Matthew Marcos Manotoc, is running for vice-governorship.
Her tenure as governor, however, was not without controversy. In 2017, the Commission on Audit reported irregularities in the bid documents and purchases made by the Ilocos Norte government. The House of Representative’s committee on good government also probed the alleged misuse of funds intended by law for assisting tobacco farmers but were used to purchase overpriced motor vehicles without public bidding.
In her statement, Imee Marcos said that proof of her ability as leader is in Ilocos Norte’s rapid poverty reduction rates– 70% for population poverty incidence and 80% for family poverty incidence– compared to other places in the country.
“Kaya nating wakasan ang kahirapan ngayon, sa ating henerasyon! At iyan ay napatunayan na namin sa Ilocos Norte,” she said.
(We can end poverty now, in our generation! We have already proven that in Ilocos Norte.)
In the same statement, Imee Marcos also said that she will serve as the voice of the provinces and the rural areas in the Senate. “Bilang beteranong lider ng pamahalaang lokal, titiyakin ko na tutugunan ng ating mga batas ang mga kagyat na pangangailangan ng ating mga local na pamayanan sa kabuhayan, edukasyon at kalusugan na siyang mga susi ng kanilang paglaya sa kahirapan,” she said.
(As a veteran leader of the local government, I will make sure that our laws will address the needs of our local communities in terms of livelihood, education, and health, which are the key to poverty reduction.)
A recent survey placed Imee Marcos among the candidates most likely to win in next year’s midterm election. Prior to becoming the governor of her home province, she served for 9 years as the representative of its first district. She is running under the Nacionalista Party which signed an alliance with the Hugpong ng Pagbabago regional party led by Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio of Davao City. (TNM)