MANILA – Former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte (2nd district) Congresswoman Imelda Marcos said she wants her son, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to run for president in 2016.
In an 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 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 a good vision for the country. What I like most about my children is that they love this country so much,” she said.
The 84-year-old Imelda 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 effectiveness depends on the people’s commitment to help,” she said.
But 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.
Bongbong also answered questions regarding his family’s allegedly ill-gotten wealth, which he considers a possible major problem if he runs for a higher government position.
It is not the first time that the former First Lady said she wants another Marcos to take the helm in Malacañang.
She had earlier told Kyodo News that Bongbong has great potential to become president because his record as governor in Ilocos Norte is very good.
Between 1998 and 2007, the younger Marcos served three consecutive terms as governor of Ilocos Norte, his father’s birthplace. The province’s incumbent governor is Bongbong’s elder sister Imee. He also represented the second district of Ilocos Norte in the House of Representatives before he became a senator in 2010.
Bongbong was only eight years old when his father, a former senator himself, became the Philippines’ 10th president on Dec. 30, 1965. Despite lingering criticisms, Imelda said she remains strong and active “because I’m at peace with myself and my God.” (ABS-CBN News)