[VIDEO]: Watch the quick review of the important events in Bongbong Marcos’s life – and his thoughts on relevant issues in an interview with CNN.
The Marcos family reigned the Philippines in progress 30 years ago. This triggered detractors to come up with ways to destroy former President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos. They were successful but many Filipinos are hoping for Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., to bring us back to the good old days. Sure enough, martial law terrors are blamed to the previous Marcos administration – to discourage voters. Bust still, for some reasons, the MArcoses are in the hearts of many Filipinos.
Sound of the Bell Name
Bongbong is one of Ferdinand’s three children. The older Marcos’ administration was blamed for all sorts of corruption. Even America, where the family was in exile took part in that. Bongbong’s mother, Imelda, was more famous for her lavish over 1,000 pairs of shoes than her numerous charity works and public services projects that no other first ladies can be at par with.
Ill-gotten or Captured Opportunity?
Bongbong pursued secondary education in Great Britain, majoring in social studies at the University of Oxford. He was still enrolled in the MBA program at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business when he was elected to public office in absentia. He never completed his degree. He was the first member of the Marcos family to return to the Philippines to kick despite the possibility of arrest. The ill-gotten wealth cases never reached verdicts in courts – but some sequestered possessions just went to different hands, whoever power belongs to in the government.
Bongbong never had the bitterness when it comes to this. It is instilled in his mind that what they have are from the people. So his life must be dedicated to serving people.
Last to Marry
He is married to Louise Cacho Araneta, a lawyer who also comes from a prominent political family. They have three sons together. He was the last one to marry among the Marcos siblings.
Public Office Life
- Bongbong first entered politics as vice-governor of Ilocos Norte province in 1981 at the age of 23.
- Served as governor from 1983 to 1986, but his term was cut short when his father was ousted.
- He came back from the United States as a congressman in the same province in 1992.
- In 1998, he was elected Governor of Ilocos Norte and served for three consecutive terms.
- He landed a seat in the senate in 2010.
- He lost to Leni Robredo as Vice President in the May 10, 2016 election – amidst fraud speculations.
As of this time, the electoral protest he submitted is still to be decided upon.
Same Ideals, Different Personality
Bongbong said he would banish the “politics of personality” that have resulted in the Philippines becoming “a soft state where the rich become richer, the poor become poorer, graft and corruption is endemic, the drug menace pervades, injustice is the norm and government incompetence is accepted.” These are pertinently similar to the principles of current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. The only big difference is the kind of personality he has.
Bongbong has the wisdom as he learned from past experiences of his father and the grace in his manner of thinking, speaking and communicating with other people.
He Believes in his own People
Creativity goes a long way for the Filipinos, according to Bongbong Marcos. When problems arise, they just find a way with a smile. This quality is the root of Filipino Diaspora. Filipinos overseas excel abroad because of this extraordinary trait. Take it from Bongbong Marcos, hopefully, the next Philippine President – and who cares what other countries would say. We know better than anyone else.