'Family issues' hinder Imee Marcos' possible Senate bid

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 27) — Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is still on the fence about running for a Senate seat in the May 2019 elections.

The eldest daughter of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos on Tuesday said she had not made up her mind despite her good showing in a recent survey on the possible winners in next year's senatorial poll.

"I'm seriously thinking about it because Bongbong is nakatutok sa kanyang protest," she told CNN Philippines 'On the Record, citing the ongoing electoral protest of her brother Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.

If her brother ran in the mid-term polls, he would have to drop his electoral protest. With him out of the running, the pressure is on for Imee to enter the senatorial race.

The latest Pulse Asia survey shows that the Governor is one of 17 bets that have a "statistical chance of winning" in the upcoming election, placing under the 7-11 rank.

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Marcos said she still had to make a final decision as younger members of her family do not want to enter politics at this point.

"Ako yung magulo. Magulo pa rin kami sa Ilocos Norte. Yung mga anak namin ayaw tumakbo, so that's our issue," she told the program host, Pia Hontiveros.

"There's some level of confusion. Ang dami naming pinag-uusapan, gulo ng pamilya ko. Ang dami naming isyu eh kasi yun nga many don't want to run and on the other hand, we still need somebody to represent the North kasi there doesn't seem to be anyone coming from northern Luzon," she explained.

Marcos said the growing number of female senators "inspires" her to run.

"The only thing that's inspiring now is ang daming babae. Magiging all-girl power ang Senate sa 2019. Parang masaya, nakakaaliw," she grinned.  "Masaya 'yun, especially if Mayor Inday Sara (Duterte) is finally convinced to run as well. I think it will change the complexion and tone of the Senate." 

If she runs and wins, Marcos said she would push for legislative action to address inflation.

"I'm very, very concerned about the high prices. If the producers of food such as Ilocos Norte and the North are complaining that there's a lack of rice and that there are very high prices, paano pa 'yung mga taga-Manila na walang access sa pagkain katulad namin?" she said.

Inflation in August hit a nine-year high of 6.4 percent, the highest since March 2009.