Former First Lady Imelda Marcos also filed her bid yesterday for the Congressional district post which her son, Bongbong Marcos occupies. As you know, Bongbong is running for a Senate post. By filing her CoC, the Marcoses just wanted to maintain their influence over the entire North.
The Marcoses are still a force to reckon with in the North. Their influence spans provinces. Ilocanos respect Ferdie, the former strongman and that respect transcends political boundaries.
And surely, the Marcoses are still respected by thousands, even millions of our fellow Filipinos throughout the entire country.
Demonizing Bongbong would not affect his chances, not a bit for the Senate. Bongbong, I believe, has a very strong chance, not just because he enjoys a familiar political brandname for a surname but because for the past few years he has proven his worth as a legislator.
Admit it--many of our fellow Filipinos still admire the Marcoses. Despite their excesses when they were in power, the Marcoses are perceived to be least corrupt than the Arroyos. People hate Arroyo's guts because Arroyo, they believe, rank far inferior in terms of intellect and service to the people than the late strongman, yet show a more unquenchable thirst for power.
And why, despite the bad publicity heaped upon the Marcoses by those who fought them, does the North and the entire Nation still feel that everyone owe them a lot of favor?
Simple---during Marcos' time, people felt safer than living in a pseudo-democratic society such as this one being run by Arroyo.
Now, those who say that Bongbong deserves to be at the Senate because he espouse nationalist causes during his stint as a legislator also has a point. Bongbong, if you will, is an improved Ferdie. I would not be surprised though if, by 2016, we elect him as president. Bongbong has the same charisma as his father and boasts of the same wit and eloquence that marks a Marcos.
And as they say, the sins of the father should not be a burden of the son.