Bongbong: Imee’s gubernatorial entry a unification force in Ilocos

December 17, 2009 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – The son and namesake of former President Ferdinand Marcos said the entry of his sister Imee Marcos-Manotoc in the gubernatorial race in Ilocos Norte would be a unification force among different politicians after his cousin Michael Keon, a gubernatorial reelectionist, muddled it.

Rep. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. said politics in his province became complicated after different political parties entered in Ilocos Norte and carried candidates some politicians like Keon.

The governor, an estranged cousin of Marcos, Jr., is allied with the ruling Lakas-Kampi-Christian Muslim Democrats’ coalition. His fall-out with his cousin became imminent when he espoused that he would only support Bongbong and not Nationalista Party Presidential bet Manny Villar. His stand contradicted with that of the young Marcos who promised to deliver to Villar the Ilocano votes.

Marcos is running as senator under Villar’s party

“With the entry of Imee, there will be unity of personalities there because mayors and councilors will go with her,” he stressed.

He hailed Villar and his vice presidential tandem Loren Legarda in helping him and his sister for the unification of a large number of electoral candidates.

Bongbong’s mother Imelda has filed also her Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) for congressman of the Ilocos second district of the province that would be left vacant by the former after he filed his CoC as senator.

Mrs. Marcos would be pitted with Vice Governor Mariano Nalupta, Jr.

The young Marcos, who remains the mover of his father Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, has asked former governor Rodolfo Farinas to run as solon in the first district of Ilocos Norte.

Farinas, who was defeated by Marcoses- supported Keon in the 2007 poll, would rumble with Board Member Kristian Ablan, lawyer Alfonso Ruiz, former Pagudpud Mayor Reynolan Sales and Board Member Renato Peralta, Fariñas’ brother-in-law.

In a press conference, Marcos partly lauded the declaration of Martial law by President Gloria Arroyo but wondered why she did not declare it before the massacre of 57 men and women where 31 journalists perished.

He said the declaration was not needed anymore because the killing rampaged has already ended.

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