Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos of the Nacionalista Party and Vice Governor Eugenio Angelo Marcos Barba had no opposition when they sought their reelection bids in 2016. Cousins, Marcos and Barba are on their third straight term. When Marcos runs for Senator in 2019, Barba may run for the next higher position. However, he can also vie for a national post. Therefore, leaving the governor slot vacant as far as the Marcoses are concerned. Could the governor’s son, Matthew Marcos Manotoc be the next contender?
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[VIDEO]: Is Matthew Marcos Manotoc Taking Over Mom’s Role as Governor?
The Promising Senior Board Member
Senior Board Member Matthew Marcos Manotoc leads the Capitol Express last June 21, 2018, in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte. He then urges the crowd to continue their support for the 2019 election on behalf of his mother at the Auditorium of Dingras. Does this mean that he is taking over the role of his mother as Governor of Ilocos Norte?
Possible Bet for the National Election
Vice Governor Angelo Barba is the son of Fortuna Marcos, youngest sister of former President Ferdinand Marcos. Since he’s already in his final term in the current position, he can only move up to the next ladder or seek for a national post as a Congressman. Former First Lady Imelda Marcos is the District Representative of Ilocos Norte’s 2nd District in the House of Representatives.
Still Going Strong at 90
Congresswoman Marcos was born on July 2, 1929. That makes her 90 years old on July 2, 2018. Governor Marcos earlier said that since it’s her mother who is the real politician among them, she’s responsible for convincing the members of the younger generation to follow in their footsteps.
The Marcos name in politics can never die especially now that the status of the Marcos gold starts to become clearer. Although it is noted that most people are reactive to the candidacy of the late Ferdinand Marcos’ children and grandchildren than to their cousins. It does not matter what position Board Member Manotoc decides on. Governor or other posts can be his stepping stone for a more relevant duty in the near future.