By Cristina Arzadon
Inquirer Northern Luzon
First Posted 13:10:00 12/02/2009
Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Politics
LAOAG CITY – Former First Lady Imelda Marcos is seeking the seat that will be vacated by her son, Ilocos Norte Representative Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who filed his candidacy for senator.
Mrs. Marcos, through a representative, filed her of certificate of candidacy for representative of Ilocos Norte’s second district on Tuesday night.
Former Governor Rodolfo Fariñas filed his CoC, for the first congressional district race, under the Nacionalista Party ticket after the Marcos siblings – Imee and Bongbong – asked him to run under their NP-Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (Movement for a New Society) coalition.
Imee, the eldest of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos’ children, is challenging the reelection bid of her cousin, Governor Michael Keon of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD.
Bongbong Marcos is running for senator as a guest candidate of the NP, which is fielding Senator Manuel Villar Jr. in the race for president.
Outgoing Representative Roque Ablan Jr. of the first district on Tuesday also filed his CoC for governor, running as an independent candidate.
The entry of Fariñas in the race marked the reconciliation of erstwhile rivals who were on opposing sides in the 2007 elections.
Fariñas lost to Keon, a member of the Marcos clan, in the gubernatorial race in 2007.