By Mario Casayuran
Senator Imee R. Marcos on Thursday said she still does not know whether her brother, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, will run for a high government office in 2022.
But the issue on whether Bongbong would run again for senator, vice president or president has to go through former First Lady and current Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda R. Marcos being the consultant of the family, Senator Marcos said.
Imee described her mother as an “oracle,” “matinik par rin” (still a force to reckon with) as she would soon be 91 years old.
In the end, it would be a personal decision, she said during Thursday’s “Kapihan sa Senado.”
Young Ferdinand Marcos, an economist, is locked in a fight with Vice President Leni Robredo over the vice presidency after he filed an electoral protest against her victory, saying he was cheated in the 2016 vice presidential elections.
Asked if Bongbong has told her of his political plans for 2022, Imee replied: “Bongbong knows a lot of things and that he is an economist.”
“Di ko alam kasi, di pa kami naguusap (I don’t know as we have not talked about his plans.),” she said.
The lady senator emphasized that there is a stampede for high positions in the 2022 national elections.
Asked how Bongbong feels about his electoral protest against Robredo, Imee said her brother is standing by his position that he won and that he is not losing confidence.
“Ako nga sabi ko hirap ng ginagawa nya ayaw paawat, eh (I said his electoral protest is difficult but he does not want to be advised.),” she stressed.
Imee said the 2022 political plans of Bongbong would be discussed, but sitting down to talk about it is not yet in the horizon since the national elections are still far.
She said that she herself is immersed in her work at the Senate and that political plans are not on the table yet since the elections are still years away.
Queried on the so-called Marcos magic, Imee said the Solid North, representing Ilocanos, has helped the Marcos family a lot even in the last elections.
“Talaga namang napakalaking tulong sa amin lagi ng mga Ilocano, ang Northern Luzon malaking tulong sa akin even in the last elections. MM, Region 8 sumisipa pa rin (The Ilocanos and Northern Luzon have helped us immensely, particularly in the last elections. Metro Manila and Region 8 helped). Certainly, there is a block of loyalist votes that we are grateful of,” she stressed.