Senator Ferdinand Marcos II?


It’s been exactly fifty years (half a century!) since a Ferdinand Marcos was elected to the Philippine Senate and, now, the son, Ferdinand II, is embarking to be the next. Bong-Bong Marcos, presently a Congressman from the 2nd district of Ilocos Norte, feels he is ready to move on to the Upper House of Congress. He brings with him a background of a total of twelve years as Governor of his province, Ilocos Norte, and by election time next year, would have served his second term as Congressman and House Deputy Minority Leader. Even those opposed to him cannot deny that he has been an exemplary Governor of his province as can be seen in the advancement of Ilocos Norte in the fields of agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, energy and the environment (the first wind-farm in Southeast Asia supplying half the energy needs of Ilocos Norte) and education.

To begin with, he transformed a third-class province into a first-class one (based on income) within his first term. With some 70% of Ilocanos dependent on agriculture (as in many other provinces), he raised agricultural productivity by focusing on rice production and cash crops and investing in hybrid seedlings production thereby succeeding in making his province self sufficient in rice instead of “importing” from other provinces. He set up one of the most if not the most successful program for “cooperatives” development in the entire country. He turned his province into a model for public health care by providing 100% of his province mates with health insurance. He “brought” Ilocos Norte to China by participating in International Tourism Conventions in Shanghai even when the Philippines as a country failed to participate in them. He lobbied the Chinese government to open a Consulate in Laoag City (the consulate opened two years ago) to make travel from China to Ilocos Norte easier and more convenient, capitalizing on Laoag City’s proximity to China and it’s being the northern international gateway into the country.  In education,  students from high schools of his province have become consistent “1st placers” in national student competitions in math and science. And in energy, he oversaw the creation of the first wind farm in Southeast Asia providing his province with half of its energy needs. The biggest proof of his sterling performance as governor is the fact that, in his last bid for Governor in 2004, he ran unopposed, and again, unopposed for Congressman in 2007.

His educational background? Enough to be hired for a top position in any multi-national company anywhere in the world. He has earned degrees from: Worth School (High School), England; Political Science/Economics, Oxford University, England; and MBA, University of Pennsylvania, USA. And then, there’s that other aspect to his “education” that does not award any diploma: the experience of having lived abroad during these many years of schooling (plus his years spent in exile with his family). These are invaluable years of “education” not awarded any certificate but, nevertheless, significant and important as it indicates possession of a broad-minded perspective lacking in not a few of our present parochial and narrow minded Senators and Congressmen.

Just as important as his educational attainment and his performance in governance is this: that while in office and to his eternal credit, not once has he been involved in any corruption anomaly or political scandal whatsoever. This past decade has seen a President (President Estrada) ousted from office (albeit, illegally) due to charges of corruption, betrayal of public trust, and plunder; followed by impeachment charges against his successor, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, likewise for graft and corruption involving her husband as well as allegations of cheating in the 1994 Presidential elections, and a host of other scandals that has outraged a good number of Filipinos — Fertilizer Fund scam, China Broadband deal, Jose Pidal account, ‘Hello Garci’ tapes, profligate spending,  etc.

The mood today is one of distrust of politicians and government officials and the outpouring of affection seen at the wake and funeral of the late President Cory Aquino was exactly that: a longing for non-corrupt and honest leadership after a decade of never ending government anomalies, corruption scandals and eroded credibility of politicians in general. So, Bongbong’s performance as public servant, his educational background, his vast experience, his name recall, and his record of clean and honest governance should make him a shoo-in for Senator. But with him or more accurately, with his name, there could be more to it than those we’ve just mentioned. Fairly or unfairly, there will be those that will continue to judge him not for what he’s done but for what his father has done and that can work both ways, for or against him, depending on the “sentiment of the moment” come election time. What he should hope for and strive to communicate to the voters to ensure his election is for them to vote or not vote for him based purely on his competence, capability and  his track record the last 18 years spent in public service. If he is judged on those criteria, then we will surely see another Ferdinand Marcos (II) elected to the Senate next year as we first did fifty years ago.

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12 responses to “Senator Ferdinand Marcos II?

  1. BONG BONG MARCOS FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016!!!

  2. jess Banno

    HE HAS A VAST EXPERIENTIAL KNOWLEDGE AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES WHICH NO OTHER POLITICIANS HAVE!!! HE IS FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HIS FATHER’S GREAT LEGACIES… HE WILL BECOME A GLOBAL LEADER AND A SPOKESMAN FOR THOSE STRUGGLING NATIONS OF THE 3RD WORLD… PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, LET US GIVE HIM THE CHANCE TO BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF OUR NATION!!! BONG BONG MARCOS FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016!!!

  3. bibor

    BONG BONG MARCOS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!

  4. bibor

    If only all leaders of the different provinces of the philippines from Ilocos Norte to Sulu is like Bong Bong, for sure the philippines would be a rich country despite what the president is doing. Anyway this is agood start and example from the north and I hope and pray the rest would follow. Mabuhay ang Pilipino. Kudos.

  5. Fil Benitez, i salute you sir/mam, kc hindi na brainawashed ang brain ninyo sa mga black propaganda ng mga mayayaman gaya ng ABS CBN( alipores ng abs cbn Julius babaw,alvin elchiko ata ang surname,? sila ang asungot ni Cory aquino)bulag sa katutuhanan.)at mga pinayaman ni cory during her terms.compare naman natin sa mga kumakankandidato ngayon, puro sat sat na hindi nagnakaw,at hindi raw magnanakaw pag naupo na sila, at gagawin daw nila lahat ang makakaya nila pag nasa pwesto na sila… bwesit mga kandidato na mga yan,,, gaya ni NOY NOY, ang daming chances nya na ginawa mga pinagdadaldal nya dian, mga pangako nya pero bakit d nya ginawa mga yan..puro dal dal lang naman si Aquino wala namang action, kumbaga puedi nyang palitan si Boy abunda sa d buzz, para magkasama sila ni Kris na puro kadaldalan mga pinagsasabi, wala namang katuturan.How about bong bong,ofcourse nagawa na nya sa ilokos norte ang mga pinapangako nya ngayon, at may basehan tayo na hindi sinungaling si BONG BONG… kaya mga against kay bong bong mga brainwashed kayo im not sure if stupid kayo kc mas gusto nyo pang manalo mga walang nagawa kaysa yong asset ng bansa gaya ni bobong,,wag crab mentality baka kayo kagatin ng alimango hehehhehe

  6. fil benitez

    Very aptly written and truly, Bongbong is his own man, with achievements behind him and totally qualified for the position he is well worth his mettle to win. At the end of the day, it will be Bongbong Marcos that will thwart him to victory as the gentleman from the North has paid his dues. No amount of bickering on the past will affect the electorate as today, information is all over thanks to the net and social online networks. For Senator, Gov. Marcos has many more achievements than some running for the highest post in the land. I foresee the eventual rise of Bongbong to the Senate Presidency.

  7. Jolo

    Saludo ako ke Rep. Bongbong Marcos… Iboboboto ko’t ikakampanya…

    Dapat ganyan ang mga gobernador sa atin diyan sa pinas, kailangan makita ang performance nilang iangat ang kani-kanilang probinsiya. Biroin niyo yon? from a third class province to a first class province in terms of income? wow man heavy….

  8. cris

    great job on Bongbong! i hope he will win!

  9. Ling Barrientos

    This is quite an accomplishment for a young man. There will always be distrust, its human nature. It will be up to the people to decide and realize that not all leaders are corrupt and scandalous. Mr. Marcos has a long future ahead of him. With his experience and knowledge of which will just continue to grow, there is no doubt he will be quite a success story.

  10. Mickey Chuakay

    Great blog, Edvee! Kudos, Bonget! I am sure you will do well and exceed the people’s expectations once you are elected Senator in the upcoming elections.
    Carpe Diem

  11. Jerms

    Kudos! Its time for the public to be aware of the good the Marcoses has done to the country. I will share with my Facebook friends

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