‘Bongbong’ says Urdaneta close to his heart

December 17, 2009 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- Ilocos Norte (2nd district) Rep. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. was the guest of honor during the city fiesta celebration when he crowned Mrs. Urdaneta 2009.

Marcos said the city is so close to his heart because Mayor Amadeo R. Perez Jr. has been a long ally of the Marcoses way back in the 70’s.

He said he was elated as the guest of honor during the coronation night and that he can again relive the friendship with the city people.

“ Urdaneta City will always be a part of our family. With Mayor Perez here, I could say that your city is now a fully urbanized area and the center of business in this part of the province,” he said.

He also mentioned his plans for the 2010 elections. He said that he’s running for senator because he felt that there are still many legislative measures to enact for the country’s development.

“ The present Senate is saddled with many investigations and yet no concrete actions have been drawn from them. The Senate should pass laws. Senators should not confine themselves to investigations in aid of legislations,” he said.

The young Marcos also said that he is running under Senator Manny Villar of the Nacionalista Party. Villar, he said, could propel the progress of the country with his vast experience in housing development.

Marcos was also the special guest at the opening of Magic Mall in Malasiqui (see related story) and proceeded to San Carlos City where he paid courtesy visit to Mayor Julier “Ayoy” Resuello and some barangay officials of the city.

From there, he joined the barangay officials of Dagupan City led by City Mayor Al Fernandez and other city officials when he outlined his advocacies.

These include the development of other sources of power supply, educational advancement and improvement of health services.

When asked why he joined Villar and not Senator Noynoy Aquino for possible reconciliation, he said that his family offered reconciliatory moves with the Aquinos. However, in earlier statements of Noynoy Aquino it was said that he will pursue the case against the Marcoses if ever he will win the presidency in 2010 elections.

Asked to comment on the move of local officials to decommission the San Roque Dam, Bongbong said that it is not a wise move since the country will be experiencing power outages in the coming years.

“There is a need to review the protocol of the San Roque Dam’s management. The flood is not caused by the dam itself but by the procedure of releasing the water,” he said.

Before joining the Urdaneta City officials, Bongbong Marcos dropped by at Laoac Gym to witness the basketball match between Villasis and Laoac players.

The game is part of the Inter-District Basketball Tournament of the 5th district where players are all members of the barangay councils.

He lauded the organizers of the tournament particularly Rep. Mark Cojuangco and Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo O. So.

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. is the son and namesake of deposed President Ferdinand E. Marcos. He has been in public service for 17 years.

At a very young age of 23, He was elected vice governor of Ilocos Norte.

The EDSA Revolution in 1986 forced the Marcoses to leave the country in exile.He was the first among his family to return from exile in 1992. He joined the political race in that same year where he was elected as the representative of the second district of Ilocos Norte.

In the Congress, he authored the landmark law establishing the Philippine Youth Commission. He was also instrumental in the advancement of cooperatives. His countryside development fund was used to organize teachers’ and farmers’ cooperatives in Ilocos Norte.

In 1998, Bongbong was elected governor of Ilocos Norte and transformed the province as a first-class province. He developed the natural and cultural potentials of the province as a tourist destination. He also pioneered the wind power technology that serves as an alternative source of energy in his province.

After completing his three term as governor, he was again elected as representative in 2007 to the House of Representatives. He serves as a Deputy Minority Leader. He is the author of Republic Act No. 9522 known as Philippine Archipelagic Baselines Law.

Bongbong finished his elementary at De La Salle College and secondary education at Worth School in England . He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, philosophy and economics from Oxford University in 1978. He obtained his masters in business administration from Wharton School of Business.

He is married to lawyer Louise Araneta with whom he has three sons.

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