MANILA -- Senatorial candidate Imee Marcos on Monday appealed to her family's critics to "give us a chance," as she cast her vote to bring the family of the late strongman, Ferdinand Marcos, back to national politics.
The outgoing Ilocos Norte Governor said that if elected, she would push for the lowering of value added tax on rice and fuel, and jobs for beneficiaries of 4Ps, the government's cash transfer program for the poorest of the poor.
"Give us a chance. Kailangan ngayon, 'wag na tayo masyado tumutok sa pagbabatikos, paninira, yung walang kamatayang trolling," she told reporters.
(Give us a chance. What we need now is to not focus too much on criticism, endless trolling.)
"Ang importante, sino may track record, sino may programa at plataporma, sino may solusyon sa mga problema ng bansa," she said.
(The important thing is track record, who has the programs, the platform, the solutions to our country's problems.)
Marcos said she gets advice from her brother, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr, who lost in 2016 and is pursuing his protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.
The governor said she had little sleep. "Sabi nga walang tulugan. Baka ma-Bongbong ka sa pag-big. Nakatulog ka lang napalitan ka na."
(No sleeping, or you might suffer Bongbong's fate. Sleep and the next day, you lose.)
Marcos said her son, Martin, who is running unopposed for Ilocos Norte governor would be a "better" local executive than her.
"He is more nurturing, more patient, more competitive than I am. He will bring many many virtues to the job that I don't have," she said.