From 1972 to 1981, the Philippines was under martial law proclaimed by the late Ferdinand Marcos Sr. who was since then written in history as a dictator. A peaceful people’s revolution in 1986 ousted the president and forced him and his family into exile in U.S. Since then up until the present, the Marcos family is shrouded with accusations of plundering billions of dollars from the Philippines, on top of alleged human rights abuses of the former head of the family. The dictator died in 1989 and the family went back in the Philippines, headed by matriarch Imelda, whom the word “Imeldific” was coined after.
On October 5 2015, Mr. Marcos’s son, his namesake, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., announced that he is running for the vice presidential seat in the Philippines.
“I have decided to run for Vice President in the May 2016 elections,” Bongbong Marcos said in a statement announcing his bid.
“I believe that elected officials have an obligation to our people to help change the course of our nation’s history by banishing the politics of personality which to me is one of the primary causes why our country today has become a soft state where the rich become richer, the poor become poorer, graft and corruption is endemic, the drug menace pervades, injustice is the norm and government incompetence is accepted,” he said.
“I have decided to put my political fortune in the hands of the Filipino people. I humbly ask them to judge whether or not I am worthy of their trust to be Vice President,” he said in conclusion.
Bongbong Marcos currently chairs the Philippines Senate Committee on Local Government and the Committee on Public Works after winning a seat in the senate in 2010. He served as Congressman in the Second District of Ilocos Norte after his family’s return from their U.S. exile in 1992. He also served as Governor of Ilocos Norte from 1998 to 2007, having served for three consecutive terms. He was again elected to congress in 2007 and was appointed Deputy Minority leader of the House of Representatives.