Saturday, March 13, 2010

History will have only one President Marcos

By Ding Cervantes
The Philippine Star
Updated March 13, 2010
12:00 AM

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CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga , Philippines — Unlike the Macapagals, there will only be one Marcos president in the history of Philippine politics, according to Nacionalista Party senatorial guest candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

“It never crossed my mind that I should become president one day, even if people have been telling me since I was eight years old that I should,” Marcos said yesterday when asked by The STAR if he has ever thought of making history by being the second Marcos president.

The Ilocos Norte representative said he is running for the Senate “only because this is what I sincerely think I should be doing. I have no plans to seek any position beyond the Senate. That’s where I am focused, “ he said.

Aside from President Arroyo and her father, former President Diosdado Macapagal, the country is also facing the prospect of having another Aquino as president, with Liberal Party’s Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III seeking the presidency in the May elections.

Noynoy is the only son of former President Corazon Aquino who rose to power after former President Ferdinand Marcos was ousted in 1986.

During the press conference, Marcos, of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) which his father founded, spoke with the media on various issues.

He vowed to keep his statement of assets and liabilities (SALN) open to public scrutiny. He said he could not recall immediately his declarations in his latest SALN, but these are public documents that can be accessed if necessary.

Marcos also said he is supportive of proposals to use nuclear energy to solve the power shortage affecting the country, including the activation of the controversial Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) which the Marcos administration built in Morong, Bataan.

The plant was never made operational amid claims that it is located on an earthquake fault.

Marcos blamed the Arroyo administration for the present power crisis that prompted her the other day to declare a state of emergency in Mindanao.

“Japan lies on fault lines yet it has nuclear plants. So many other countries also have such plants whose designs took note of geographical and all other safety considerations. But if we really do not want nuclear plants, then we should have something else,” Marcos said.

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