By Genalyn Kabiling
Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos could easily win a seat in the 2019 senatorial elections due to her track record in public service, according to a Malacañang official.
“Ang feeling ko naman sure bet naman si Governor Imee para sa Senado [(I feel that Governor Imee is a sure beat in the Senate),” Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said during an online interview posted on Facebook.
Roque has praised the eldest daughter of the late President Ferdinand Marcos not only for her humility and good sense of humor but also competence in governance.
He said Ilocos Norte has become progressive under the leadership of Marcos, citing her efforts promoting renewable energy and tourism development.
“Napakatagal nang nawala ang kaniyang ama, mahigit 30 anyos na at dahil nga nangyari ay napaalis sila ng Pilipinas. Isipin mo na magkakaroon ang kakulangan ang Ilocos, pero napaka-progresibo ng Ilocos (Her father passed away more than 30 years ago and since they were forced to leave the Philippines, you might think Ilocos was abandoned but Ilocos has actually become so progressive),” he said.
“Diyan nagsimula iyong mga windmill as an alternative source of energy. Diyan iyong napauso iyong mga cruise liners na naging dahilan kung bakit napakataas ng tourist arrivals sa Ilocos (They introduced windmills as an alternative source of energy. They also promoted cruiser liners which were among the reasons for the increase in tourist arrivals in Ilocos),” he added.
Roque also cited that it was the lady governor who first offered free rides to tourists between airports and hotels in her home province.
“Talagang napakalaking tulong iyan para sa turismo at alam naman natin na kapag malakas ang turismo nakikinabang sa pamamagitan ng pagkakaroon ng hanapbuhay ang napakaraming mga Ilokano (That is a great help to the tourism industry and we know that when tourism is robust, many Ilocanos benefit from the job opportunities],” he aded.
Marcos recently announced she might run for senator next year after her brother, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., was not ready to abandon his poll protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.
The former senator earlier said Imee could become a “great senator” due to her competence.