MANILA - Can a Marcos continue the reforms laid down by President Aquino when the latter steps down in 2016?
According to Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma, voters should look at the track record of the Marcos family to know if a Marcos could continue Aquino's reforms.
"Siguro para masagot yan, kailangan tunghayan yung kanilang track record. Kung sila ay may track record sa bagay nayan o baka sa ibang larangan ang kanilang track record; at sa bagay na yan, ang taumbayan ang pinakamainam na magpasya," he said.
Coloma shrugged off former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos' declarations that her family is hoping to retake Malacanang in 2016. [
He said anyone can run for president provided that they meet the qualifications set in the Philippine Constitution.
"Well, nasa batas naman po ‘yan kung sino ang puwedeng kumandidato. Ano yung mga kwalipikasyon. Basta po naaayon sa batas at pumasa sa [Commission on Elections] yung certificate of candidacy ay kalayaan naman po nilang lumahok sa proseso ng halalan sa ating bansa," he said.
The former First Lady on Wednesday said her senator-son, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Junior, is "qualified" to contest the presidency in May 2016 when incumbent Benigno Aquino, son of the Marcoses' top political foes, ends his six-year term.
"(Returning to) Malacanang would be a great help," in implementing her projects, said Marcos, referring to the presidential palace.
The flamboyant matriarch became the symbol of excess during the brutal 20-year regime of her late husband, who was also accused of looting state coffers and whose martial law rule was marked by human rights abuses.
While the rest of the country wallowed in poverty and thousands of activists were killed or went missing, Imelda Marcos and her children enjoyed a jet-setting lifestyle.
She amassed a jewelry collection valued in the tens of millions of dollars and acquired hundreds of paintings by international masters, including Monets and Picassos.
The government conservatively estimates that Marcos plundered government coffers of about $10 billion.
A military-backed "People Power" revolt in 1986 chased Marcos and his family into exile in Hawaii, where the dictator died three years later.
As the public stormed the abandoned presidential palace, they discovered Imelda's 3,000 pairs of shoes that came to symbolize the extent of her extravagance.
Imelda Marcos and her three children were subsequently allowed to return home, and have since regained significant political clout in the late dictator's northern home province of Ilocos Norte.
Imelda Marcos won a second term as congresswoman representing Ilocos Norte last year, the same year her son was elected senator. He has hinted at joining the presidential race in 2016.
Her eldest daughter, Imee, is the provincial governor. With Agence France-Presse