‘Senate a crowded race’
ILOCOS Norte Governor and senatorial candidate Imee Marcos said they are doubling their effort to go around the country as the Senate is a crowded race.
Marcos, daughter of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was in the province yesterday with her son Borgy Manotoc.
“It’s a good thing that this has surpassed Iloilo. This very healthy rivalry is making Region 6 a boom town. I like coming here. It’s very upbeat. There’s a lot of new buildings and constructions. People are optimistic and I am here again,” she said.
“The sorties are great. But the problem is this is a very crowded race. There are many incumbents
and a very large number of re-electionists. I am one of the few who is a brand new to the Senate as a result, we have to double up our efforts,” she said.
“What I am doing now is knocking on doors of old friends and former colleagues in Congress just like Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., she said, adding that the Negrense governor was her classmate in the Congress and the Governor’s League.
“Mayor Evelio Leonardia is also generous and fun supporter and a good friend,” she said.
The best friend of her father, the late ambassador Roberto Benedicto, and the family of former ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco came from here.
She said she is grateful that the politicians have been very kind and also the private sector has welcomed her. “It is very encouraging and it is fun to come here.”
She further said they are all learning from Negros. “What we are struggling with rice and tobacco is exactly the same story as sugar.”
“We have really neglected agriculture in our country and as a result are becoming significantly more and more food insecure every year. We must be secured in food,” she added.*
ILOCOS Norte Governor and senatorial candidate Imee Marcos with son Borgy Manotoc.