Imelda wants Bongbong to run for president in 2016


Bongbong-and-Imelda.2MANILA – Former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Congresswoman Imelda Marcos has revealed she wants her son, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., to run for president in 2016.

In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN reporter Anthony Taberna, the former First Lady said she wants her only son to follow in his father’s footsteps and continue the legacy of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos.

She said she believes Bongbong is fit for the position.

“As his mother, I sent him to the best schools. He has an impressive track record and and a good vision for the country. What I like most about my children is that they love this country so much,” she said in an interview on ABS-CBN’s “Tapatan Ni Tunying.”

The 84-year-old Imelda also said that she has no plans of retiring yet.

“I don’t want to waste away my experience in serving the people. The government’s potential depends on the people’s commitment to help,” she said.

Despite Imelda’s support and encouragement, Bongbong said he remains uncertain about his presidential bid.

“When I was young, I really didn’t want to be involved in politics. I would always tell myself: why I should get into politics when my father already became president? Besides, running the country is not easy. So I really avoided it at first,” he said.

In the interview, Bongbong also answers questions regarding his family’s alleged ill-gotten wealth, which he considers a possible major problem if he runs for a higher government position.

(The interview with the Marcoses will air this Thursday, September 12, 4:15 PM on ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Gold.)

‘Great potential to be president’

It is not the first time that the former First Lady said she wants another Marcos to take the helm in Malacañang.

She earlier told Kyodo News that Bongbong has great potential to become president because his record in Ilocos is very good.

Between 1998 and 2007, the younger Marcos served three consecutive terms as governor of the northern province of Ilocos Norte, his father’s birthplace, now led by Bongbong’s elder sister Imee. He also represented the Marcos stronghold in the House of Representatives before becoming a senator in 2010.

The younger Marcos was only 8 years old when his father, a former senator himself, became the Philippines’ 10th president on Dec. 30, 1965.

Over the next two decades of his father’s rule, he completed his secondary education in Britain, graduated from Oxford University with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics, earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of Business in the United States, and became vice governor of Ilocos Norte in 1980 at the very young age of 23.

It was during his many years abroad that his father placed the Philippines under martial law to suppress civil strike and the threat of armed rebellion, a period which lasted from 1972 to 1981.

“My father was always one to comment on current events and history, and the conversations I had with him cumulatively over the years gave me a more complete, if not complex, picture of the context in which martial law was declared,” Bongbong said on Sept. 21, 2012, the 40th anniversary of the martial law declaration.

“On a more personal level, I remember people saying how thankful they were for the relative peace and order that followed martial law, the positive image of the Philippines worldwide, the emergence of a tourism industry, the cleaner streets,” he added, countering critics’ claims that it was the darkest period in Philippine history.

Even so, Bongbong asked the public to “move on and move forward,” saying the past cannot be changed and that “blaming others and finding scapegoats are not solutions” to the many problems the country faces at present.

He also categorically dismissed martial law as an option in the present time, and went on to say that his actions and decisions as a public servant “are consistent with democratic principles and participatory governance.”

While he admits he is aspiring for the top post, it being the ultimate dream of any ambitious politician, Bongbong has yet to definitely commit to contesting the 2016 presidential election.

“That depends on destiny,” his mother said. “As they say, man proposes, God disposes.”

However, “success is made up of preparedness and opportunity,” both of which Bongbong has, she was quick to add.

Amid the lingering criticisms, the Marcos matriarch said she remains strong and active “because I’m at peace with myself and my God.”

“Maybe the Lord is keeping me still alive to show to the world that if we are with the side of the truth, nobody can touch you, even superpowers in government,” she declared. — With a report by Kyodo News

16 Responses. Have your say.

  1. Dan Barlam says:

    Imelda Marcos is big liar..She said she send her son to best school in U.K. but the question is ..did her son graduated in Oxford University with good academics record? I don’t think so. I have credible source Bongbong is a flunker student. He cannot follow the footstep of his father because Apo Marcos is brilliant lawyer while the son is bar hopping topnocher..He is also number one womanizer during his younger age..Remember what Sec.Carlos P.Romulo is calling him when Bongbong was still the Vice Gov.of Ilocos Norte,”Vices of Governor”…

  2. Dan Barlam says:

    I want to dare Imelda Marcos to tell the truth about her daughter Imee..who is the real father? Is it Ferdinand or Arsenio LAcson..Now the DNA can tell the TRUTH..Let us ask Imelda to have her daughter Imee undergo DNA and we will pay the expenses. I am 100% credible DNA will discover the real father of Imee Marcos….

  3. Fernando Habito says:

    The Marcoses got the urge again to continue institutionalizing “Graft and Corruptions”. Imeldefic is trying to show up her greed for money and power.Imelda the first “Mother of Scams” during the Marcos regime is once again trying to get her face on the scenario to another Mother of Scams” in the name of Janet Lim Napoles.

  4. Mariano Patalinjug says:

    Yonkers, New York
    14 September 2013

    Oh, yeah?

    So, Imelda Marcos wants her son “Bongbong” to run for the office of President in 2016 reportedly “to continue the legacy his father Ferdinand Marcos left behind?”

    What legaccy is she talking about? His legacy as the world’s No. 1 “kleptocrat” among the world’s leaders at the time?
    Or his legacy as the first-ever President of the Phiippines to declare Martial Law, so that he could rule by Decree as a Dictator like Hitler and Mussolini?

    So, okay. okay. It is quite possible that “Bongbong” Marcos could be a presidential candidate in 2016. But what happens if he [along with 7 other Senators] is actually charged as a criminal in the raging issue about that smelly P10-billion “pork barrel” scam, is found guilty, and is sent to the National Penitentiary, as Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima has publicly promised?

    That will be the fly in the ointment as far as Imelda Marcos’s dreams of her son “Bongbong” being a candidate for President in 2016.

    Mariano Patalinjug

    • Bobby Bagos says:

      He can still run for it while he’s in prison. Jalosjos did it, I think Ate Glo was still in house arrest or in detention when she won her congressional seat. We’re talking about the Philippines for crying out loud. You guys really have that much faith in our justice system?

  5. Bobby Bagos says:

    Imelda and her brood probably thought about this plan before they were even allowed to return to the country, and why they were even allowed to come back was beyond comprehension. I guess it’s true what sensible people say about our country, our citizen’s attention span is about an inch long, our memory is about as accurate as someone with Alzheimer’s disease and we have been without common sense for quite some time. We have a very unique culture, and I think that’s why our country is all screwed up.

  6. Mac Flores, Jr. says:

    The reason why Filipinos are divided when it comes to who will be the President to lead the country is because the DYNASTS do not give the people options other than to elect the next member of a Clan.

    Look at the cycle of PHL Presidents nurtured by the DYNASTS:

    • MARCOS, Ferdinand – possibly about 20 years or so; many relatives in political positions

    • AQUINO, Cory – about 6 years or so; many relatives in political positions

    • RAMOS, Fidel – 6 years, NOT A DYNAST but distantly related to MARCOS; unaware if there were relatives in political position during his term. Perceived as the less troublesome administration.

    • EJERCITO, Joseph – about 2-3 years; many relatives in political positions

    • ARROYO, Gloria – about 8 years; many relatives in political positions

    • AQUINO, Benigno Simeon – SON of Cory, 3rd year in Office; many relatives in political positions
    TOTAL YEARS DYNASTS RULED the PHL >/< = 40 years (RAMOS, excluded)

    By this time the NEXT DYNAST or member from the DYNASTS above to RULE the PHL will come from any of the following:

    • AQUINO: Bam, nephew and a Senator or sister Kris, a TV personality

    • MARCOS: Bongbong or sister Imee a GOV or Imelda, the Mom and Congresswoman

    • EJERCITO: Erap, the father, Mayor of Manila; son Jingoy the Senator; Joseph another son and also a Senator

    • BINAY: Jejomar the father & VP; daughter Susan, a Senator; son JunJun, Makati Mayor; another daughter(forgot her name), a Congresswoman

    The PHL failed governance that resulted in continuous economic and political instability, troubles and HEADACHE to Filipinos and why POVERTY, CORRUPTION, JUETENG continue to plague the country is because of the DYNASTS based on one’s analysis and pattern of failures the people have been experiencing.

    The ANTI-DYNASTY in present Constitution has been a decoration and possibly an antique BILL CRYING AND BEGGING to become a LAW…..HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, PURO BOLA, PURO KALOKOHAN!!!

  7. Rex Garcia CPE / PE says:

    I agree 120 percent to the comments of Mr.Dan Barlam about Imee Marcos that her true father was the late mayor of Manila Arsenio Lacson. You can now see the looks of Imee and daughter Irene and son Bongbong. Imee is a mestiza feature and looks almost same features of the daughters of Lacson with over protroding chin. You can see Bongbong and Irene Marcos Araneta have Marcos eyes and no Imelda face features. What I know how Lacson got Imelda was that Imelda lost on some kind of a beauty contest so Lacson initiated a Miss Manila beauty contest while he was the mayor of Manila and he make sure to the judges that Imelda will win the crown of Miss Manila through Lacson influence. This happens 5 or 6 years before the Lacson/ Charito Solis love affair. It was a fact also that Imee was born two months ahead after she got married with Ferdinand Marcos. During the Marcos years there was a slogan ” Marcos Hindi Ka Nagiisa “

  8. jose balmadrid says:

    Let us unite to demolish political dynasties, another scourge of the Pilipinos. All assets stolen from the people should be return back to
    serve their owners no matter how many forever it takes. Take them all to prison quickly.

    • Juan Alarcon says:

      Seems like a nice plan haha! But after demolishing the old Dynasts who would rule? New polticial leaders who might soon create new dynasties, but who would financially support these political aspirants? those who have money, and where does the money come from? Multi Billionaires, who have both business and political relatives.And what are their businesses? agriculture, shopping malls, mining, transportation, energy, food, beverages, etc….name it they got it. Besides , political and business dealing are made both locally and internationally, you’ll be surprised that after demolishing these old empires, the new ones are also secretly supported by these old political emperors through their good friends from Religious and Business sectors, amd soon these new politicians will be held in the palm of their hands. Its gonna be really hard, good luck to the Philippines, its been like that for centuries haha!

  9. Juan Alarcon says:

    Who runs the Philippines? Political Dynasties, who support them? Billion dollar companies, and who protects the Billion dollar companies? Political Dynasties again.. its a cycle. The most Influential families in the Philippines especially the Marcoses have cronies and have married wisely or became business partners and have invested with the most Influential Business families in the Philippines and abroad, they have powerful famous and silent cronies. These cronies protect and finance so many politicsal dynasties including oppositionists. The Marcos wealth is just all around used ang recycled by many. And many old and young politicians are lured by their wealth. How can we topple these polticians when they have cronies owning large companies who employ thousands if not millions of people. Politicians who toppled the Marcoses have interests in the Marcos wealth as well, even the younger politicians are lured by money and power haha! Remember Ferdinand Marcos is not just a politician he is a wise investor as well. And where are his investments? Well know first who his business partners and cronies are,(many remain as silent cronies), you might get surprised who they are. Who knows you might be eating, shopping and buying land from one of his cronies already either in the Philippines or abroad, that’s how money ruled the Philippine Political landscape haha!

  10. Juan Alarcon says:

    Some politicians may not want for a Marcos to be President, not for the sake of the country but for themselves, and once they are in power they would come in terms with the Marcoses to get their wealth, and have a chunk of it. Some would support the Marcoses, not because they love them but to get favors and perhaps be gifted with a chunk of the Marcos wealth again haha! Its really hard to put them down. Philippine politics is such a big telenovela complete with so many twists and turns. Kris Aquino once had turned to the Marcos Serapio Ochoa firm for help, that’s the firm co-owned by Bongbong Marcos’ wife haha! There were Aquino and Cojuangco relatives who are cronies of the Marcoses or who were related to them by marriage. You see , sometimes what people can see are just a fake facade of what these politicians are doing behind, some fights are just personal and not for democracy. The press have written about Imelda being poor already,and people commenting would jeer and laugh at her not knowing that while they laugh she also laughs back as she parties privately wearing a 40 carat ruby brooch roughly priced at 20-30 million. What we see are’nt all true, you could be fooled by news of her bankcruptcy. Just like filipino fans who adores cute and well mannered innocent looking showbiz young stars, they don’t know that away from the stage and cameras they party in hidden VIP lounges and do sex and drugs, I’ve been with some of them haha!

  11. sluggo rigor says:

    …won’t wonder what the ilocanos in the solid north would say to that.

  12. MArtyr says:

    Imelda says she is alive at the age of 84 “because I’m at peace with myself and my God.” Take the cue, all the thieves, thugs, con-men and rascals of the world.. Amass all the wealth you can even if it means killing poor people or plundering the country… all that matters is money… After all the wealth would give you peace with yourself and your God towards the end of your life…

    Great going Imelda….

    • Bobby Bagos says:

      Well, should the Filipino people decide that they need another Marcos to rule over their lives, then they deserve the repeat of what our country went through when his father ruled our pathetic Philippines. What in the hell is wrong with our kababayans? These clan ruined so many lives and they weren’t even punished for what they did, so my fellow kababayans, go ahead and vote for her son and be forever in hell.

    • Bernice Buri says:

      A lady who calls herself Imelda Marcos scammed people in the United States after her government froze the funds of her late husband. For 16+ years around $150,000+ was given to her for support.

      In return she promised a gold certificate….a certificate never seen and will never be seen. I don’t understand how this person can live with themselves……..

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