THREE Marcoses and newly elected local officials of Ilocos Norte took their oath in a simple ceremony at Plaza del Norte Hotel and Convention Center in Laoag City on Tuesday, taking a cue from incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, who preferred simple inaugural rites in Malacañang today.
Sworn into office were Gov. Imee Marcos, her mother Ilocos Norte 2nd District Rep. Imelda Marcos, and her youngest son, first-termer Provincial Board Member Matthew Marcos-Manotoc.
Assuming her third and final term, Imee thanked the Ilocanos despite her running unopposed during the elections. She also expressed gratitude to the Solid North for helping the vice presidential bid of her brother, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., which she attributed to the unique Ilocano culture of timpuyog, meaning unity.
Over 200 local officials attended the mass oath taking administered by Judge Philip Salvador.
Unlike the previous inaugural ceremonies, this year’s event was not accompanied with lavish decorations, except for the red carpet and fresh white flowers at the center stage with the provincial government logo. It was followed with the serving of a simple snack for the guests.
Marcos was elected in 2010 and pursued the overall transformation and inclusive progress of the province, focusing on agriculture, manufacturing and tourism industries. She brought in investors into the province, which resulted in the establishment of business process outsourcing (BPO) companies, among others.
Reaffirming her commitment, Marcos said she will finish what she started, and pledged to improve the lives of every Ilocano, especially the youth, persons with disabilities, senior citizens and indigenous people.