MANILA - Senator Imee Marcos on Monday admitted she was at first reluctant to run for senator as she thought she was not fit for the upper chamber of Congress.
Marcos told reporters that for years, many had been encouraging her to run for senator.
“Parang hindi ako masyadong bagay. Hindi ako kumbinsido na gusto kong pumunta rito. Matagal na rin ang aking karanasan sa Congress. Masaya naman doon, barkadahan, pero parang hindi ko maintindihan kung bakit ako napunta sa Senate,” said Marcos, who served as governor and representative of her family’s bailiwick, Ilocos Norte.
(I thought I do not fit here. I was not convinced that I should be here. I had a long experience as member of the lower house. We were happy there, but I could not understand why I ended up in the Senate.)
Marcos, however, said the election of her family’s close ally, President Rodrigo Duterte, encouraged her to seek a seat in the Senate.
“Subalit nung naupo si Presidente Duterte, gusto ko na rin mag-senador kasi maraming pagbabago, maraming kinakailangan na batas at parang ‘yung transformation ng ating lipunan eh biglang naging exciting, kaya ngayon ganado na ako,” she said.
(When President Duterte got elected, I wanted to become a senator because there were many changes, and many laws needed to be crafted. The transformation of our society became exciting which is why I’m now energized to work.)
Throughout the campaign, Marcos had to dodge questions on the dictatorship of her father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos.
She also had to deal with unending questions on her credibility after she was accused of having fake diplomas from prestigious universities here and abroad to boost her image.
The burial of the late dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, a move approved by the President and upheld by the Supreme Court, got flak from activists and other anti-Marcos groups.
Controversies and issues, however, failed to derail her Senate, as she landed 8th of the 12 who won in the midterm polls.
Marcos has already attended an orientation for neophyte senators, and on Monday paid a visit to the Senate for her first flag ceremony as member of the upper chamber.