By: Elena Grace Flores
The recent content of BBM’s Vlog depicts a vacant seat in the Ilocos Norte government reserved for Sandro Marcos. It so happens that its board member who intends to run for vice governor alongside Matthew Marcos Manotoc as governor died in Laoag City last February 15, 2019 at 64 years old. Manotoc replaces his grandmother, Congresswoman Imelda Marcos who filed the gobernaturial Certificate of Candidacy. It turns out that the Vice Governor post is also a case of substitution in the person of the ever popular Sandro Marcos.
[VIDEO]: Happy Birthday from Ilocos, Sandro! The North remembers you.
Ilocos Norte 2nd District Senior Board Member Matthew Marcos Manotoc who filed for the Vice Governor COC will run for Governor instead. This is after the former First Lady withdraws from the race as planned. Manotoc, the son of Ilocos Norte Governor and Senatorial aspirant Imee Marcos now runs in tandem with Sandro Marcos as indicated in the teaser. The late Nonong Marcos’ generational gap from the gubernatorial hopeful is quite a question right from the start. Therefore leading to speculations that he was just substituting for someone else.
Just Like his Father
In 1980, the 23-year-old Bongbong Marcos became Vice Governor of Ilocos Norte. He ran unopposed under the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan party of his father. His father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos was still the ruler of the Philippines until his fall in 1986. Until this time, the Marcoses are all hot bets for top government positions. Aside from that, Sandro Marcos at 24, the eldest son of the former Senator with wife Louise Araneta remains a social media sweetheart despite living in London for the time being.
Sandro Marcos has earned his master’s degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. It is evident that every election time, the opposition always include in their campaign sorties Bongbong Marcos and sister Imee Marcos’ alleged lying on their educational attainment due to lack of a diploma. Never the less, they do not have to defend themselves. Real people who witnessed their achievements in prestigious schools are speaking up to their defense. They were indeed victims of power manipulation by the Dilawans.
No Chance for the Farinas Clan in Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Norte 1st District Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas said Friday he would run for governor in his home province. Fariñas said he would serve as substitute candidate for Jesus Arimboyutan and would run under the PDP-Laban political party. The 67-year-old lawmaker will battle it out against Ilocos Norte board member Matthew Marcos Manotoc, grandson of Ilocos Norte 2nd District Rep. Imelda Marcos.
Playing Along with Politics
Given that their political enemies would do everything to stop any Marcos from reaching the top position of the land, the younger Marcos generation is fully-equipped with an experienced politician like their grandmother. The guidance of both Bongbong and Imee Marcos is also vital. Unlike the yellow faction, it is not their nature to discredit other candidates for election. They can play along with politics because it is their life. Many Filipinos are banking on them to lead the nation to prosperity.
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.
Empowering the youth through the Kabataang Barangay where Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos started in politics has become very successful. It gives access to free education and skills training that equip young Filipinos in doing good in the country’s workforce. Some even become global players in the business. She acknowledges that social media is a big help for them to air their side when the commercial press people are more interested in a female politician’s bad hair day. Public service is Gov. Marcos’ life and as she plans to run as Senator, she stresses her commitment to back the President’s efforts to bring changes in society for the better good of the Filipinos.
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[VIDEO]: Gov. Imee Marcos talks about the 80s, women, education, policy- making, the future.
The Katipunan ng Kabataan (KK) which means Youth Federation in English, is the mainstream federation of Filipino youths duly sponsored by the government of the Republic of the Philippines since the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ regime. It has chapters in all the 41,996 barangays of the country. Gov. Marcos was then the National Chairman of the Kabataang Barangay when she was 21 years old. Now, she is proud to say that many of its members are not successful in their chosen field or career. May it be in public service, corporate, oe business undertakings.
Media is More Interested in Bad Hair Day
It is tough for a female politician when she has to study policies but then the media is more interested in their having a bad hair day. She has been a subject of propaganda attacks since KB time and of course, from 1986. However, she admits that they also have a part in not airing their side. They do not have the sympathy of the media. It is only now that social media allows real people to air their part of the story. She also has nice words for millennials who are fortunate enough to have the technology throughout their existence. They can’t be fooled, she said.
Changes in Society
Under the leadership of President Rodrigo Roa Du30, the projects of former President Marcos are acknowledged. Better yet, beneficial works that were halted during the 1986 power grab by the Aquinos are revived. The infrastructure move is now continued with the Build Build Build initiative.Perhaps the nuclear power plant can serve areas that are not provided with enough electricity from the Meralco monopoly. Natural energy developments like solar, windmill and others can mushroom very soon. Most of all, the deuterium exploration and extraction can finally see the light.
Supporting the Boss of the Country
The anti-oligarchy Filipino leader who has a genuine pride of a sovereign country does not tolerate colonial mentality. That is what he has in common with the late President Marcos. Dictatorship can never happen in the Philippines. All major decisions must go through the Senate and the Congress. This is why the very able soon to be lady Senator Imee Marcos vows to work behind the good President Du30.
Bongbong Marcos thinks that the investigation at the Congress is merely motivated by politics. “It started off that way. I think it’s gone beyond that.” He and Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos were also at the hearing. Governor Imee Marcos was with her legal counsel, former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.
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[VIDEO]: The former senator and Ilocos Norte governor attend the hearing to support his sister, the incumbent governor of the province.
The Congress is Not the Right Venue
Former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. questions why the issue “ended up in the House” in the first place. “I am not sure why it ended up here in the House of Representatives. It’s a political conflict in Ilocos Norte that turned into a personal one,” said Marcos. He is also a former governor of the province. His sister, governor Imee Marcos is the subject of a probe into the alleged misuse of the funds to purchase motor vehicles.
Ilocos 6’s Opinions
Marcos is not alone in his opinion. “I think you can ask the Ilocos 6 what they think of that,” explained Marcos Jr., referring to provincial employees who had been detained by the House of Representatives in late May 2017 who just gave the best answers they possibly knew during the hearing.
Going Around in Circles
The hearing was initiated by Majority Speaker Rodolfo Fariñas, who represents the first district of the province. It is evident in the Congress hearing video that he is too emotional and personal to conduct such investigation. He can’t be fair when his reputation is also in the line. At one point, Gov. Marcos and he debated on using their names in local projects. He only escapes confrontation as he has the power to turn his wrath into the other members of the Ilocos 6.
Farinas approached and spoke briefly with Governor Marcos, Representative Marcos, and Enrile. Fariñas had his back on Marcos Jr., who stands a few seats away from his mother. The majority leader acted surprised as he bumped into the former Senator. Is Farinas’ grudge rooted from the brother and not the sister?
Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos showed up at the July 25 hearing at the Congress into the alleged misuse of tobacco funds. Marcos said that she honors the subpoena issued against her by the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability. She also said that she takes this an opportunity to defend her side of the story.
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[VIDEO]: Gov. Imee Marcos shocked the Congress for showing up during the probe of the alleged misuse of tobacco excise funds.
At the hearing, Marcos cleared her name by saying that the House allegations against Ilocos Norte provincial government are not true. The bidding was done through the website for the first lot but on the second order, it was a direct purchase as specified by the needs of the farmers.
She was Grilled
Few Congressmen take turns in grilling Marcos. She retained her innocence on the allegedly wrong process of using the tobacco funds not specified by the law. She insisted, however, that she acted based on the urgent need of her constituents. It is obvious that the lawmakers are leading her to admit that she allowed corruption to happen by signing on the cash advance that she ultimately denied.
The Governor Apologizes
The governor made it a point to apologize of some disclosure that she cannot provide evidence right on the spot. One was the new affidavit of Pedro Gorospe who allegedly stole the documents as contemplated by his sister-in-law Cynthia Gorospe, Farinas’ aid. However, Farinas clarified from his old affidavit that he returned the original documents. It was only a few months ago that he learned there were lost as Farinas filed the inquiry.
Some of the detained Ilocos Norte officials also testified to back up the justification of Marcos. This leads the Congress to say that if they were that open during the last four sessions, they could have avoided the detention. On this note, Marcos loyalists are assured that the presence of former First Lady Imelda Marcos and Senator Juan Ponce Enrile will not allow the Congress to easily detain the governor if they do not like her answers. Besides, a group of farmers is waiting outside of the House.