By: Elena Grace Flores
Mother and son, Senator Imee Marcos and Gov. Matthew Manotoc wear different hats this new term. Marcos made sure that she not only mentors her son ahead of time. She also turns over the gubernatorial tasks to him as the sure winner of the position. His proclamation took place last May 14, 2019 at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall. The Commission on Election (COMELEC) through the provincial board of canvassers facilitated it.
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Manotoc lays out some of the priorities of his incoming administration. Healthcare is one of the crucial things he can see. Many of our hospitals and medical services aren’t where they should be. That’s one of my priorities coming into my term, especially our public hospitals – equipping them and finding ways that they are self-sufficient. So, they don’t need to lean to the Provincial Government much,” he said.
Rural Electrification and Irrigation
“There are also other issues like rural electrification and irrigation which we would like to pinpoint, and the continuation of the basic services of the province. I think I am fortunate that Ilocos Norte more or less is a good place. It’s on me to continue the wave of development and hopefully further improve where my mother has left of,” he added.
Big Win for the Marcoses
Dominating the midterm elections for provincial officials, Team Marcos won key posts in the province. Joining Governor-elect Manotoc is Vice Governor-elect Cecilia Araneta-Marcos who also saw a landslide win and incumbent Ilocos Norte Vice Gov. Eugenio Angelo Marcos Barba who was elected as representative of the 2nd District of Ilocos Norte with 87,725 votes.
Unopposed as Governor
The youngest son of the outgoing Governor Imee R. Marcos, Governor-elect Manotoc, was left unopposed. This is after his rival, Ilocos Norte First District Representative Rudy Fariñas, withdrew from his candidacy on May 2. He obtained 260,938 votes.
Formal Inauguration of the New Senator and Governor
The newly-elected national and local government officials will officially take office after their formal inauguration on the 30th of June. Nowadays, leadership is a little more collaborative. I’ll be a little more collaborative with my staff, try to listen to everyone, and work with people.” He also commends his mother saying that the Senator is a very strong leader.