‘Se­nate a crowded race’

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY CARLA N. CAÑET

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.*

CARLA CAÑET

ILOCOS Norte Gov­er­nor and sen­a­to­rial can­di­date Imee Mar­cos with son Borgy Man­otoc.

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