Imee Marcos says no talks of possible 2019 Senate bid yet


Posted at Oct 18 2017 08:41 PM

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

MANILA - Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos on Wednesday clarified that she has not discussed with her family any plans to run for a Senate seat.

This after her brother former Sen. Bongbong Marcos earlier said she has the makings of a "great senator." 

"If ever I run for any office, pag-uusapan pa sa pamilya, but as of now, we haven't talked about it," Marcos said in a statement.

The governor will finish her third and final term as Ilocos Norte governor in 2019, when the midterm elections will be held.

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

Marcos said that as of now, the family is focused on the election protest of her brother, who lost in the 2016 national polls to Vice President Leni Robredo.

"Hindi pa namin alam kung ano ang plano. Malabo, kasi tutok tayong lahat doon sa kaso ni Bongbong. Iyon ang pinakamahalaga," Marcos said.

"'Yung nanay ko ay stockholder na ata sa Baclaran Church kakasimba, para lang ma-resolve na 'yung election protest in BBM (Bongbong Marcos)," she added.

Bongbong has a pending electoral protest at the Supreme Court alleging that Robredo cheated by manipulating computerized vote counting machines.

Marcos figured in controversy this year over the alleged questionable use of the capitol's funds and tobacco excise tax share, which triggered a legislative inquiry.