July 25, 2021


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Imee Marcos (3)

Imee Marcos in a press conference at the Casino Espanol de Cebu. (photo by: Allan Defensor)



By Tonton Alcos Antogop



“I have come back to Cebu a million times,” Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos quickly announced as she held a press conference yesterday at the Casino Espanol de Cebu.

When pressing for an answer on her declaration, Marcos said she values the Cebuanos and is counting on their support this coming May 13 elections.

She described herself as half-Visayan, a proud daughter of the Visayas, owing to the roots of her mother, former First Lady Imelda Romualdez-Marcos who hails from Tacloban, Leyte.

Marcos said the Cebu electorates could not just be ignored as it is among the highest in the country, in fact, the highest, in terms of per province basis.

She said her brother, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. did not fare well in Cebu in the past elections but she is confident that the Cebuanos will rally on a Marcos this time.

Imee acknowledges the Cebuano as an opposition bailiwick but not anymore today especially so that she had the backing of Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP) led by Davao City Mayor and Presidential daughter Sara Duterte and some big political leaders in the province whom she had a good relationship ever since.

“His (Bongbong) numbers in Cebu were miserable and so he always felt hina natin sa Cebu. Ako naman baligtad yung iniisip ko, I always… they kept telling me not to go to Cebu na, give up. I’m always the other way around. I really believe that at the end of the day, Cebu has very few command votes as such. In Cebu there’s an overwhelming intelligent votes so hopefully at this point in time, let us side our roiling resentments of the past, all the historic differences have come and gone, perhaps it’s time to reassess and the Cebuanos are truly intelligent enough,” she said.

Among those who committed to Marcos is come-backing Cebu Gubernatorial candidate Gwen Garcia and Cebu City mayoralty aspirant, Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, both official candidates of the administration PDP-Laban respectively.

Marcos who is included in the “Magic 12” of the recent surveys of Social Weather Station (SWS) and Pulse Asia is also being endorsed by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte himself as one of the guest candidates of the PDP-Laban.

She said that once catapulted to the Senate she will work for a “One Visayas” development road map and will lobby for the suspension of the imposition of the 12{481076ee53a1fc97de0369f33ed2e92f10b25aa7745daa7b1993dd39620a4254} Value Added Tax (VAT) describing it as one of the highest sales tax in the world and would reassess the TRAIN 1 Law and the succeeding “Trabaho Bill (TRAIN 2).”

On a more local issue, Marcos sees no problem in implementing both the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the Land Railway Transit (LRT) as both can compliment to improve the mass transport system in Cebu.

“The wicked, as we call it, the wicked problem of traffic here in Cebu needs to be resolved once and for all. How this is going to be done as I said before the argument between BRT and the subway or the LRT or MRT, the overhead train is non-existent.

There is no argument because in-fact the BRT is the short term solution. It should probably not last more than five to ten years, which is exactly the time required for the planning of the LRT or Subway system. So tamang-tama lang yun there is room for both.”

As per statistics, Cebu Province has 3 million registered voters for the forthcoming May 13 polls and anybody who could get most of that votes has an edge over the rest.

The bailiwick of Gov. Marcos is the so-called Solid North in Ilocos and the predominantly Waray speaking region in Eastern Visayas.

The endorsement of Sarah Duterte meant a lot for her too in Mindanao while her rapport with established political families in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon is also a plus factor.