By Martin Sadongdong
Senator-elect Maria Imelda “Imee” Josefa Marcos on Wednesday likened the administration of President Duterte to her father’s rule, describing both as being marked by “raging optimism”.
The neophyte senator-elect is the daughter of the late President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. who ruled the country for more than two decades. Marcos Sr. became president on December 30, 1965.
“Parang eve ‘yon ng boom ng 1960s. Pakiramdam ko 60 years later, ito na rin ‘yon, ang raging optimism ng Duterte administration (I think it was the eve of the boom of the 1960s [Marcos presidency]. It felt like 60 years later, we also have the same [vibe], the raging optimism of the Duterte administration),” Marcos told reporters after being proclaimed senator.
Marcos finished in eighth spot after obtaining 15,882,628 votes, based on the final and official tally of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC).
Marcos clarified that she was not considering her victory as a “vindication” for the years of condemnation that the Marcos clan had to endure since a popular revolt toppled her father from power in 1986.
Since then, the Marcos family has been the subject of local and international investigations over cases of human rights violations that were allegedly committed during the martial law and the supposed ill-gotten wealth of their family, among many other issues.
“Hindi nga kami naghahanap ng ganoon (vengeance). Natutuwa lang ako at talagang nanalo ako (We no longer seek for [vengeance.] I’m just happy that I won),” she stated.
As for her priorities in the Senate, Marcos said she wanted to either handle or be a member of a committee that deals with social welfare, agriculture, ways and means, and trade and industry.
“Gusto ko sana kung maaari ‘yong social welfare para matignan yung 4Ps (If it’s possible, I would like to be a part of [a committee] that deals with social welfare so that I can look into the 4Ps [Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program]),” she noted.
“Lahat kasi poverty-based ang programs ko sa Ilocos, so ‘yon sana ang puntahan natin. Pati na rin ‘yong trade and industry, agriculture, ways and means (All of my programs in Ilocos were poverty-based so I’m inclined to go in that area. I also want trade and industry, agriculture and ways and means [committees]),” the former Ilocos Norte governor added. #MatalinongBoto2019