Bongbong: Being a Marcos 'a blessing, not a burden'

Posted at Oct 07 2015 06:04 PM | Updated as of Oct 08 2015 02:04 AM

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MANILA - Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr, son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, on Wednesday said his famous surname is not a burden but a blessing.

"The greatest blessing. For me, I still consider myself the luckiest person. I am the luckiest person that I know and being a Marcos is part of that and I am very happy that I was born into the Marcos family. I congratulate myself for picking my parents very well. I have never felt it to be a burden. I have only felt it to be an advantage, a blessing and I am very thankful that I am a Marcos," he said in a press conference in Quezon City.

The Marcos family has long been dogged by accusations the dictator oversaw massive human rights abuses and plundered billions of dollars from state coffers until a famous "people power" revolt toppled him from power in 1986.

Marcos Jr's decision to run for vice-president in next year's elections is widely seen as a stepping stone to an eventual presidential bid. The senator has not been directly linked to any crimes of his father, but he has been a vocal defender of the regime and martial law.

In the press conference, Marcos admitted he had a privileged childhood and went to the best schools because of his famous surname.

"Being a Marcos has given me an advantage I would not have if I was not a Marcos. Ang bait-bait ng taumbayan sa akin. In terms of politics, name recognition, that's important. But I think overall, I grew up into a privileged childhood because I am a Marcos. I was able to go to the best schools because I’m a Marcos. Now that I have entered politics, I am able to enjoy the support of many, many people because I am a Marcos. It is all clear to me, it was a lucky thing for me to have been born a Marcos,” he said.

Asked how he feels about being constantly viewed in the shadow of his father, he said: "It is inevitable. He cast a very big shadow."

"I don't really feel one way or another. It is something expected. It is something I know will happen. It is something I know will continue to happen. It's neither here nor there."

ABS-CBN NEWS, October 14, 2015