Gov. Imee Marcos claims senate seatMay 22, 2019
Tagged by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as "bright and master of local governance," outgoing Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos officially wins the senate race in the proclamation rites conducted by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) through the National Board of Canvassers today, May 22, at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).
She obtained 15,882,628 votes, the eighth highest number of votes among 12 elected candidates.
Gov. Marcos, the sole local official who claimed a senatorial seat in this year's midterm polls, is set to become a member of the 18th Congress of the Philippines after her formal inauguration on June 30.
Part of her primary platforms includes alleviation of poverty in the country. She looks forward to proposing bills that will be patterned to the best practices already implemented in Ilocos Norte.
Also, Gov. Marcos aims to help the administration in solving pressing issues such as soaring prices of food, transportation, and communication which she dubbed as "KKK" or Kain-Komyut-Komunikasyon.
"Gusto ko sanang ibaba ang presyo ng mga basic commodity. Kaya 'yong 12% value-added tax (VAT), 'yan ang tututukan natin. Baka sakaling sa mga pangunahing bilihin katulad ng bigas at gasolina ay maipasa. Bigyan din natin ng boses ang agrikultura at 'yong malalayo at maliliit na probinsya. Repasuhin din natin ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) kung may pwedeng i-amend para mabigyan ng trabaho at cash ang mga talagang deserving na beneficiaries," Marcos asserted during her interview with the media after she cast her vote in Cabeza Elementary School, Laoag City, last May 13.
Other specific platforms proposed by Gov. Marcos are the creation of Department of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW); increase ethanol blend to keep fuel prices low; "lifeline" rate for data users and removal of VAT on voice, short message service (SMS), and data services; implementation of Living Income for Farmers in Emergency situations (LIFE); agricultural modernization in Mindanao; and VAT exemption for all medicines, among others.
Gov. Marcos also mentioned that she is "very locally-based" and this would be her first national post as senator. She started as an active political leader by serving as Chairman of the Kabataang Barangay– the template of Sangguniang Kabataan, from 1975 to 1986; Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative from 1998-2007; and three-term Governor from 2010 to 2019.
Meanwhile, she expressed her opinion about the incoming Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc, her youngest son, saying: "Sa palagay ko, Matthew will be a better local executive than I am. He is by nature more nurturing, more patient and more competitive than I am. So in many ways, mas magaling siya sa akin. He will bring many virtues to the job that I don't have. And I will always be there for guidance, for the planning, the inspiration, and the big picture that I always provide."