MANILA - "I am proud to be a Marcos."
Ilocos Norte Rep. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos made the statement on Saturday after filing his certificate of candidacy for senator.
Marcos said he does not want to compare himself with his father and namesake, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled the country under martial rule from 1972 to 1986.
"I consider myself very lucky to be a Marcos. I was brought up by remarkable parents. I'm very lucky," the young Marcos told reporters at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Intramuros, Manila.
He is running under his father's political party, Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL). He is also a guest candidate of the Nacionalista Party (NP) of Sen. Manuel "Manny" Villar.
Marcos's entry as a guest candidate to Villar's NP prompted Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and Gabriela Rep. Liza Maza to abort their planned coalition with the party.
The two party-list representatives said they would rather run as independent candidates than join a senatorial ticket which includes a Marcos.
Both lawmakers said pushing through with the coalition with NP would compromise their advocacy against the human rights violations of the late strongman as well as the recovery of the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses.
They said the NP-KBL coalition showed that the two parties are now equals despite being adversaries during the Marcos regime.
Villar had announced that the NP will announce its complete senatorial slate on November 29, and he plans to file his certificate of candidacy for president on December 1, the last day of the filing of COC set by the Comelec. With a report from ANC