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.
Ilocos Norte Governor and likely bet for Senator this 2019, Imee Marcos speaks about her family. This is after the brief introduction as a certified solo parent of 3 good-looking men. The highlight of her throwback episode is her mom’s cooking a live chicken early on in their lives. The former first lady and now Congresswoman, Imelda Marcos is from Leyte. Her Visayan orientation in culinary culture gave the governor a trauma against chickens.
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[VIDEO]: Gov. Imee Marcos talks about her family in MOMents
Bongbong Marcos’ Case
Bongbong Marcos might be a fast car driver but he cannot speed up the case against Vice President Leni Robredo. It is quiet again after the ballots are again found wet in Ilo-ilo. Clean election advocates are calling for the Comelec not to use Smartmatic in the upcoming Senatorial election in 2019. However, it seems to be falling on deaf ears.
The Only Imelda at 89
Imelda Marcos who is still proud of her publicized shoe collection can only say that the world happens to see the beautiful foot wears made especially from the Philippines. Ultimately, most of the shoes are from Marikina given by the manufacturers for her as samples. Some imported shoes found are the models that she used to inspire Filipino designers. She’s indeed the only Imelda who knows how to inspire her people.
Her Brother’s Sons
The sons of Bongbong Marcos, Sandro, Simon, and Vinny may still be too young to enter politics but they know for sure their family’s political stand. It is just a matter of time that the siblings eventually gain experience and wisdom for them to know the right time to do what they have to do for the country.
The Senator Bet’s Men
Borgy the rock star, Michael the lawyer and Matthew, is the provincial board member. That’s how Gov. Marcos describes her talented sons. At least, out of three, she can confidently say that two can be politicians. In fact, Matthew is already a public servant. Michael also resembles his grandfather as a lawyer and a wide reader of legal laws. That should give the public enough hints for now.
Sandro, Simon and Vincent Marcos are adorable siblings. They are the sons of former senator Bongbong Marcos and wife Louise Araneta. Sandro recently announces that he does not plan to run for any position at the moment. The eldest son is currently working in London. Since the brothers are only a year apart, the ball in politics seems to be passing on Simon.
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[VIDEO]: Mr. Bongbong Marcos And His 2nd Son Simon In MOMents
Family Perception on Politics
Simon said that he’s glad that his parents let them be as they want. He may be reluctant to enter politics but he is game in all media exposures. At the age of 21, he already knew that there’s simply no other place around the world that offers the best Peking duck but Beijing. Simon just couldn’t get enough of Beijing’s most popular local specialty. Despite distractions like this, he knew in his heart that they belong to politics ever since the start of his existence awareness.
Social Media Bashers
Joseph Simon first went to study in England in 2006. “He was sent to a boarding school when he was 11 years because his elder brother Sandro was already studying there. His younger brother, Vincent. also entered at the age of 11.” Simon then went back to London for his Oxford Brookes schooling. He takes up Business Management Economics. Bongbong Marcos himself went to Oxford where he took up Political Science, Philosophy and Economics from 1975 to 1978. His degree issue has always been revived over the internet. However, social media gives him the edge over the opposition because of their genuine public service efforts.
Tried to be Disciplinarian
Except for his surname, Simon is a regular guy. “He likes playing football. He takes guitar lessons during his free time. He also likes jamming with friends when he’s in Manila,” the father said. The middle son also reveals that his father is trying to be a disciplinarian. He ends up giving in to their choices.
No Baby Talks
The public is now questioning if the three siblings are going to enter the world of politics in which their father desired to do or not. They are given the choice to decide their own path in which they want to succeed in. In fact, Louise Araneta Marcos(mother) prefer her child to be not active in politics and away from the public eye. However, a Marcos is a Marcos and would always do what they are geared for. As for Simon, many people await his plans in the near future.
Bongbong Marcos reveals that his son, Sandro Marcos plans to work abroad. He does not want to build his career where his name means something. Does this imply that he’s not running at all for the upcoming election? Earlier, his aunt, Gov. Imee Marcos who’s running for Senator wishes that her mother can convince the younger Marcoses especially Sandro to join them in politics. He can feasibly get his place in the Congress or even as governor.
[VIDEO]: The BBM Vlog: Episode 13 (OFFICIAL TRAILER).
Bloggers Supportive of Marcos’ Election Protest
Marcos speaks highly of some very supportive bloggers for his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. The former Senator only has nice words for them. He thinks that ASec Mocha Uson is popular while RJ Nieto of Thinking Pinoy and Sass Rogando Sasot of Mother Earth are both smart. Darwin Canete is influential. Mike Lopez is also a lovely person, said Marcos. He pretends not to know about “Pinoy Ako” blog.
Father is Proud of Son’s Achievement
There might be some awkward moments between father and son but Bongbong stresses the fact that Sandro is doing alright. He got his Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Where will Sandro go?
As a supportive parent, the Bongbong asks Sandro where he would like to go. Perhaps they could refer him to some of their friends in their field. However, the latter prefers to do it his way. Maybe, to work abroad for a while will help him learn about his real interests.
Many Filipinos can be Heartbroken
The older Marcos believes that real men wear pink. He is grateful to Oxford for teaching him how to think. There are many things to learn more about the future Vice President. BBM Vlog episode 13 is gold in that aspect. However, as for Sandro, he is still in the stage where he wants to explore the world on his own. For sure, many Filipinos can be heartbroken if that is so.
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos narrates how the windmill power source came about in her province. During the time of her brother, Bongbong Marcos, the Dutch installed the initial structures after their research for a decade. They have combined electricity generated from solar devices from China with the windmill to fully supply the whole area. She explains that the key to lower energy cost is to minimize the use of gasoline. This catches the attention of the legitimate Deuterium explorers from the EsMaulana-PNOC joint-venture. Gov. Marcos is definitely the key to fast-tracking its permit while Bongbong Marcos’ VP election protest drags along. She is doing something to neutralize the high cost of gasoline to make the commodities affordable for her constituents.
Former Senator Bongbong Marcos recently calls on the Supreme Court for a rapid resolution of his protest against VP Leni Robredo. It has been 2 years and the process is still ongoing. The younger Marcos is the author of the Senate bill 408 in 2010 and calls for the renewal of alternative energy in 2013 by exploration, promotion, and development of deuterium hydrogen fuel sources abundant in the Philippine Sea particularly in Surigao and Cotabato basins.
Like any other economic developments, the deuterium case is also highly political. It goes through strict compliance with the Department of Energy even with the endorsement of President Rodrigo Du30 through his Special Assistant, Bong Go. He is also running for Senator. Another re-election candidate, Senator Nancy Binay is also supportive of the alternative energy source as the vice-chairperson of the Energy Committee and a member of the Senate Electoral Tribunal. She works hand in hand with the Marcoses on various issues. In fact, she is the one who passes a resolution to investigate the 2016 election anomalies.
Back to Ilocos Norte, it is not only about windmills, churches, lighthouses and white beaches. The popular Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud is actually a spot not just for the usual surfers but also for kite surfers. The sea might not be blue during the rainy season, but some great waves are surely abundant. Gov. Marcos is proud that her bailiwick is now a surfing destination.
The lady governor understands the nature of her local people. This is evident when she said that the heat in her hometown is very much felt because of their outdoor lifestyle. Farming is a major means of living. The nationwide garlic supply comes from them. She made sure that the agricultural infrastructure like the irrigation system is sufficient. Community facilities are also designed to strengthen families regardless of origin. Highland, mid-land, and city dwellers benefit from the designated public service amenities.