MalacaÑang on Thursday shrugged off former first lady Imelda Marcos’ plans for a triumphal return to Malacañang in 2016.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said anyone can run for president, including a Marcos family member, but the public should look at the track record.
On Wednesday, the former first lady and now Ilocos Norte representative said her family’s return to Malacanang “would be a great help” in her “vision” to help more Filipinos.
She added that her son, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., was “qualified” to contest the presidency in 2016 when President Benigno Aquino 3rd, son of the Marcoses’ top political foes, ends his six-year term.
Coloma, however, asked the public to scrutinize the track records of the Marcoses to see if they can continue the reforms laid down by President Aquino.
Earlier, Marcos said that Bongbong has great potential to become president because his record in Ilocos is very good.
Between 1998 and 2007, the younger Marcos served three consecutive terms as governor of the northern province of Ilocos Norte, his father’s birthplace, now led by Bongbong’s elder sister Imee. He also represented the Marcos stronghold in the House of Representatives before becoming a senator in 2010.
The younger Marcos was only eight years old when his father Ferdinand, a former senator himself, became the Philippines’ 10th president on December 30, 1965.
Over the next two decades of his father’s rule, he completed his secondary education in Britain, graduated from Oxford University with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics, earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of Business in the United States, and became vice governor of Ilocos Norte in 1980 at the very young age of 23.