The Case for Vice-President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.

I’ve been asked a number of times about why I’m voting for Bongbong Marcos. I suppose the question should be, if we were considering personal qualifications, why shouldn’t you? Post-EDSA, Marcos was elected as Representative of Ilocos Norte, authoring such bills as the one that created the National Youth Commission (where I met a lot of good friends who are staunch supporters of another candidate, including that candidate’s campaign manager) and those promoting the welfare of OFWs.

I’ve been insisting that, to simplify comparison of achievements, I’m willing to call their legislative output and effectiveness as a tie (as it would be noticeably harder to pass legislation if you’re in the minority, more so if the one holding the veto pen has such pent up hatred towards your family).

Among all the candidates running, he’s the only one with a successful record in the executive branch as governor of Ilocos Norte. In his years as Governor, the province was transformed from a third-class (income of P270-P360 million) to a first-class (income more than P450 million) province. He transformed Ilocos Norte into a world-class tourist destination, allowing for visa-free entry to Chinese tourists similar to what we enjoy in Shenzhen province right beside Hong Kong. Marcos also pioneered clean renewable energy with the 25 MW Bangui Wind Farm, the first power generating windmill farm in Southeast Asia. Simply put, he’s ready to be President should the need arise for him to fulfil the constitutional duty of the office that he seeks.

Litigating events of thirty years ago is probably fair game, but it seems people are more concerned about what could be done for them now and the next few years. But if we’re into litigating (directly or by association) the past anyway, I’m sure the clusterfucks of the past six years, or even the past week, are much fresher in the minds of the electorate than those that allegedly happened more than three decades ago. Most elections have been a hold-your-nose contest, where one pundit once asserted that candidates would like to plead to voters “please compare me to the alternative, not the almighty.” The VP contest, in my opinion, is not one of these contests. Unlike most candidates, Marcos isn’t running out of convenience (he doesn’t have a cushy Senate seat to return to) or necessity (he does not view himself as indispensable, nor was he forced to prop up the candidacy of anyone). He’s running because he believes he can make a difference in the lives of Filipinos. I strongly share his view on this.

Vice-President Marcos. That rolls off the tongue quite easily. And we better get used to saying it.

CNN Philippines interview of Senator Marcos.

Platform of Senator Marcos, as told by the Liberal Party Press Release and Media Aggregator Center aka

P.S. Ask me about my dream unity ticket for 2022. I will guarantee you that you will have heard it from me first.