MANILA - Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s eldest son said political dynasties are not unique to the Philippines, and that it is “natural” for people whose family members are politicians to enter public office.
But Ferdinand Alexander "Sandro" Marcos, who spoke on behalf of his father at a forum on the Bangsamoro bill, stopped short of saying he plans to follow his father’s footsteps.
Asked about political dynasties, the 21-year-old Marcos told reporters other parts of the world have them, not just the Philippines.
“If you look at the Bush family in the US, two were congressmen and two were presidents,” said Marcos, who studies political science in England.
“It’s something that exists everywhere,” he added. “People have the option to go into politics, and I feel like it’s a natural progression when you have family members in politics, when you are exposed to politics.”
The younger Marcos said he himself has been exposed to politics since his father served as governor of Ilocos Norte.
Aside from his father, two other family members are in politics: his grandmother Imelda is a congresswoman, while his aunt Imee is Ilocos Norte’s current governor. His grandfather, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was president for 20 years until a popular revolt in 1986 ousted him from power.
Sandro said it is normal for people to aspire for professions similar to those of their family members.
“I definitely feel that has a deciding factor as to what one does in the future as a profession,” he said. “If my father were a news journalist and I went with him on the job, I would probably become a news journalist.”
Marcos, however, said he is not yet sure if he would enter politics like his father.
“Bata pa ako (I’m still young),” he said during the forum at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in reply to a student’s question. “Hindi ko pa alam ang gagawin ko in 10 years (I still do not know what I would do in 10 years).”
Marcos also said his father was not grooming him to be a politician, but said being in events like Monday’s forum, where he spoke before a big crowd, was an “eye-opener to see what my father experiences, what he goes through every day.”
The 1987 Constitution prohibits political dynasties, but no law has been passed defining dynasties and implementing a ban.
Several anti-political dynasty measures remain pending in both houses of Congress, where many lawmakers themselves belong to political clans and have family members holding elective government positions.