MANILA - Imee Marcos, who had been criticized during the campaign season for supposedly lying about her education credentials, has thanked her supporters as she is poised to win in the Senate race.
On Facebook, Marcos posted a photo with a quotation: "Taos pusong pasasalamat sa inyong tiwala at suporta." (My heartfelt gratitude for your trust and support.)
In the same post, she commented: "Maraming salamat- dahil sa inyo, nanalo kami!" (Thank you, we won because of you.)
Last February, the prestigious Princeton University denied that the then senatorial candidate graduated from the academic institution although she was enrolled in 1973. And while Marcos posted a photo of her allegedly graduating from the University of the Philippines College of Law, the state university stated that she only took courses and did not graduate from UP.
In a 1986 book written by the late UP law dean Froilan Bacungan, he also recalled how Marcos was part of a PR stunt to make it seem that she graduated. At that time, her father, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was the president of the Philippines.
Administration-backed candidates dominated the Senate race, with Marcos ranking 7th with 2,850,643 votes, based on the latest partial and official results from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Her clan also led key races in Ilocos Norte. Imee's son Matthew Marcos Manotoc ran unopposed as governor after Cong. Rudy Fariñas backed out at the last minute.
In the 2nd district, Marcos kin Eugenio Barba topped the congressional race with 87,725 votes, based on 100 percent of unofficial election returns.
Michael Marcos Keon, meanwhile, defeated reelectionist Chevylle Fariñas in the Laoag City mayoral race.