Imelda seeks second term, files COC

Posted at 10/03/12 3:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Former First Lady Imelda Marcos filed her certificate of candidacy on Wednesday as she sought to renew her term as Ilocos Norte's second district representative.

Marcos, who is running under the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan party, was accompanied by her daughter, Governor Imelda "Imee" Marcos, in the filing of her certificate of candidacy (CoC).

Marcos said she wants to continue serving the province despite her age. She is now 83.

No other candidate for the position has filed so far.

In an interview with reporters during the filing of the COC, Imelda said she would like to help the government maintain peace and order in the country amid a territorial dispute with China.

Her daughter, Imee, 56, who was elected governor of Ilocos Norte in 2010, will also seek a second three-year term.

Meanwhile, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., 55, the son and namesake of the ex-president, remains one of the country's highest-profile politicians after winning a six-year term in the Senate in the 2010 elections.

Imelda Marcos has said repeatedly she wants her son to become president, and "Bongbong" has fuelled speculation over the past two years that he may make a run for the nation's top job in 2016.

Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in 1972, padlocking the legislature and the media, throwing opponents in jail and ruling by decree until a "people power" revolution threw him out of power in 1986.

Marcos, as well as his relatives and allies, were accused of plundering billions of dollars during his reign, and the family was forced to flee to the United States.

Imelda Marcos's ostentatious wearing of luxurious clothes and shoes, while most Filipinos endured poverty, came to symbolize the excesses of the family's time in power.

However, after Ferdinand Marcos died in exile in 1989, his wife and children returned to the Philippines and slowly started rebuilding the family's power base.
They have never been convicted of any crime, which they say is proof that the worst allegations against the family are baseless.

The Marcos political momentum reached a peak in 2010, when Imelda won her congressional seat, Imee the governorship and "Bongbong" a spot in the Senate.

When asked why Imelda and Imee wanted to seek second terms in office, their aides said they wanted to continue working on health, culture and other projects for the people of Ilocos Norte.

The filing of candidacies for the mid-term elections began on Monday, with registration to close on Friday. – by Randy Menor, ABS-CBN News Ilocos; Agence France-Presse