Imee still unsure of 2019 senatorial bid but lays down 3-pt agenda

Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 07 2018 07:38 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - She may still be unsure of her 2019 political plans but Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos already has a 3-point agenda should she become senator.

The daughter of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos on Wednesday said there is a 50 percent chance she would run for senator in 2019 as she has yet to consult her family on the matter.

She said her family's major concern is the pending election protest of her brother, former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., against Vice President Leni Robredo's May 2016 victory.

"It's not yet been decided. In the meantime, I am going around, tandem kami ni Bongbong, we look like a tag team lately, so we've been going to many provinces, within the Ilocano region as well as elsewhere," she said in the weekly Pandesal Forum in Quezon City.

The namesake and son of the late dictator ran for vice president in 2016 but lost to Robredo by 263,473 vote, the tightest vice presidential race in recent history.

"Sa katagalan nung kaniyang (Bongbong Marcos) protesta at sa kaliitan ng margin, napag-usapan sa pamilya na iba na lang ang tatakbo sa national office dahil ayaw niyang i-abandon 'yung kaniyang protesta," Marcos said.

But when asked of her plans should she win a Senate seat in 2019, the governor presented a lengthy explanation on her 3-point agenda.

Marcos said she wishes to continue the momentum of the Duterte administration's 'Build, Build, Build' infrastructure program particularly on transportation, and the improvement of telecommunication facilities in the country.

Second, she said she wishes to improve prices of commodities to soften the impact of the tax reform law on consumers.

Finally, Marcos said she plans to create jobs for women living in remote areas as well as provide a livelihood to elderly Filipinos who could still work.

The Marcos children have remained in politics despite allegations of abuse and plunder hounding their father's reign and continue to wield a loyal following in the north. 

The Ilocos Norte governor faced a legislative investigation last year over alleged misuse of tobacco excise tax funds.