Imee Marcos on running for senator: family hasn't discussed yet, BBM protest more importantOct 18, 2017
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos has clarified that the family has yet to discuss any plans to run for higher office, saying that the ongoing electoral protest of her brother and Former Senator Ferdinand "Bong Bong" R. Marcos (BBM) is most important.
This was in response to rumors of her intending to run for senator in 2019 through groups like the 68,000-strong "Imee Marcos for Senator Movement" online. Other groups have begun promoting an all-girl lineup for 2019, including Marcos, Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and Cebu 3rd District Rep. Gwendolyn Fiel Garcia.
BBM himself reportedly stated earlier this month that "she'd make a great senator. Imee is very, very, very competent. Kayang-kaya niya."
However, Governor Marcos maintains, "Hindi pa namin alam kung ano ang plano. Malabo, kasi tutok tayong lahat doon sa kaso ni Bong Bong. Iyon ang pinakamahalaga.
"If ever I run for any office, pag-uusapan pa sa pamilya, but as of now we haven't talked about it."
The electoral protest of BBM against Vice President Leni G. Robredo is predicted to gain rapid momentum following the House of Representatives' impeachment of Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chair Andres "Andy" Bautista.
Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, a Marcos spokesperson, shared that "137 members of Congress took a patriotic stand and rose above personal and political agenda when they voted to impeach Comelec Chairman Andy Bautista. The attempts to bury the truth behind the systematic cheating in the 2016 elections... can now be revealed. Indeed, the wheels of justice grind slowly but they grind exceedingly fine."
BBM this week expressed that he is counting on the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to be more efficient in handling his electoral protest.
"Yung nanay ko ay stockholder na ata sa Baclaran Church kakasimba, para lang ma-resolve na yung election protest in BBM," quipped Governor Marcos, reiterating how important her brother's case is to the family.