Marcoses hold own inauguration in Ilocos

Posted at 06/30/10 8:54 AM

MANILA, Philippines - While the Aquinos were up early on Wednesday in preparation for President-elect Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III's inauguration, the Marcoses were also busy with their own inauguration ceremony in Ilocos Norte.

Senator-elect Ferdinand "Bong Bong" Marcos and his mother, winning Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos travelled back to the province after being sworn in on Tuesday at the Supreme Court by their "kababayan" Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta

Deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos's wife and his son and namesake joined her daughter, Ilocos Norte Governor-elect Imee Marcos for her oath-taking at the provincial capitol.

After the oath-taking rites, the Marcoses will head to the Ilocos Cathedral for a Mass and then to the Laoag City Hall for the grand reception.

The Marcoses' inauguration theme is "One Ilocos Norte," which is Imee's campaign slogan.

The 3 Marcoses' wins are seen as a big political comeback for the family, which reigned on the country for 21 years.

The family was forced to leave the country in 1986 after a people's revolt that installed the late President Corazon "Cory" Aquino to power.

The 2 young Marcoses' last public appearance with the Aquinos was during the wake of the late President Aquino in 2009.

Noynoy allies take oath

Meanwhile, members of the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK), the local political ally of Aquino's Liberal Party, will also take oath on Wednesday morning at the Cebu City Hall.

The BOPK party won all local elective positions in Cebu City during the May 10 automated elections.

The BOPK party's inauguration committee said the ceremonies will be simple and short because they also want to witness the inauguration of President-elect Aquino at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila.

Several winning May 10 election candidates will also take oath on Wednesday, including Dagupan City Mayor-elect Benjie Lim and Davao City Vice Mayor-elect Rodrigo Duterte.