Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte: The Dimaporos continue to lord it over the politics of this province in southern Philippines.
Imelda “Angging” Quibranza Dimaporo is taking a bid to return as governor, her son Gov. Khalid is running as representative for the first district, while her husband Abdullah is seeking the congressional seat in the second district.
Abdullah was governor of Lanao del Norte from 1992 to 1998, Angging assumed the post from 1998 to 2007 and Khalid took over from 2007 to 2016.
The current Dimaporos are already the second generation after the late Ali Dimaporo died in 2004 at the age of 84.
On Friday, vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. brought his Unity Caravan to this municipality and was met by the Dimaporos who are all running under Liberal Party.
The Dimaporos are endorsing the administration party’s presidential candidate Mar Roxas, but have chosen the young Marcos as their vice presidential bet.
“Our friendship is beyond politics. Khalid is my godbrother. Abdullah was one of the first two people who visited my father during our exile in Hawaii,” Marcos said.
Patriarch Ali was so close to the elder Marcos and one of the most powerful politicians in Mindanao for more than 50 years. He was appointed by the former strongman as president of Mindanao State University and had the distinction as the most feared Maranao warlord.
The second and third generations of Dimaporos – father and son – were educated in the United States. Khalid is an economics expert who graduated from the University of San Francisco in California. He was a bank executive having been chairman of GSIS Family Savings Bank.
Lanao del Norte’s development is comparable to progressive provinces owing to the infrastructures and booming livelihood projects, among others.
The Dimaporos are banking on some 300,000 voters from Iligan from the total 900,000 voters of the province.