SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said he ran for public office to provide the quality of service introduced by his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos, and not because he and his family wanted to return to power.
“We are not after going back to power. It is not an issue for us. We just want to continue to serve our country and to think of ways on how to improve the lives of Filipino people,” Marcos said in a television interview Tuesday night.
His statement was an answer to the quip made by President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday about the possibility of the Marcoses returning to Malacañang.
Aquino, during the media forum hosted by the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (Focap), said he doesn’t believe that the Marcoses are regaining wide support from the people.
But Marcos said the notion that they are running for public office because they want to return to power has not entered their minds.
Marcos’ sister Imee Marcos is the incumbent governor of Ilocos Norte while their mother, Imelda Marcos, is the second district representative of Ilocos Norte.
Sen. Marcos noted that he could have chosen to live a private life, put up a business and devote all his time to his family which is easier than being in public service.
But he feels that he is destined to be a public servant, not to improve his lot or to have power but to provide the people the quality of service they deserve.
As for the charges against his father, the senator said he will let history judge the legacy left by his father.
The lawmaker in a recent interview said that he doesn’t consider being a Marcos as a bad thing but a blessing considering the achievements of his father.
“I only recognized the blessings, not the curse. I never felt that I was cursed somehow by being a Marcos,” the senator added.
He added that if there are negative issues for being a Marcos, they far outweigh “the advantages of being the son of my parents.”
Marcos is running as an independent vice presidential candidate next year. He said if he will be allowed to pick a Cabinet portfolio, he will choose either the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) or the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) post.