Saturday, November 28, 2009

Bongbong aims to be different from dad

by Lilita Balane, Newsbreak | 11/28/2009 11:07 PM

Senatorial aspirant and Ilocos Norte Rep. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr., who officially filed his certificate of candidacy (CoC) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday afternoon, said that he would rather not compare himself with his late father.

If he gets elected in the Senate, Marcos said he will be pushing for measures that are different from what President Ferdinand Marcos advocated.

"Hindi ko iniisip ang mga policy in terms of what my father did. That's not how I approach the problem...Ang mga problema na hinaharap ng Pilipinas ngayon ay iba sa problema na kinaharap ng bansa noon sa aking ama," Marcos told reporters.

The Philippines was under the Marcos dictatorship from 1972 to 1986, when many cases of human rights abuses were reported.

After they were deposed, President Marcos and his wife were charged with amassing ill-gotten wealth and stashing them abroad.

The 1986 people power revolt ousted Marcos and installed the late President Cory Aquino, mother of Liberal Party standard-bearer Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.

Marcos is running under Nacionalista Party (NP), whose presidential bet Senator Manuel Villar appears to be Aquino's strongest foe in the May 2010 polls.

Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Satur Ocampo and Gabriela's Lisa Maza, who had intended to join NP's senatorial slate, dropped their plans when they learned that Marcos was adopted by the NP.

Ocampo and Maza both fought the Marcos dictatorship.

Accompanied by his sister, former Ilocos Norte Rep. Imee Marcos, Marcos filed his CoC separate from the rest of the NP candidates.

Feels proud to be a Marcos

Aside from pushing for reforms in education and improving the economy, Marcos said that he will fight graft and corruption in government.

Marcos said he expects that the issues which hounded his father's administration will surface again if he wins, but added that it will only be brought up by people with "vested political interests".

"I know the people are thinking of other things, not of what had happened in the 80s. Again, I do not think in those terms. You're trying to put me in comparison with my father. I don't compare myself with my father. I think about the problems as they come," he said.

He also added that bearing the "Marcos" name is not a liability, but an advantage in his political career.

"I feel proud and I feel lucky to be a Marcos," he said.

Marcos served as vice governor in his province in 1980, and was governor from 1983 until 1986. He represented the 2nd District of Ilocos Norte in 1992 to 1995, and returned to the House of Representatives in 2007.

as of 11/28/2009 11:16 PM


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