By Xave Gregorio
“Senator Imee Marcos” may be closer to becoming a reality as the Ilocos Norte governor hinted at a possible run for the upper house of Congress in 2019.
Marcos said in a press briefing Saturday (February 3) that she is still unsure if she will be running for a Senate seat in the coming midterm elections, but added that she may run “if necessary.”
“Kung kailanganin ay tatakbo hangga’t may lupa tatakbo. Bahala na,” Marcos said.
She was being asked why she has been frequently spotted out of her province attending big events and was quizzed if her tours around the country signalled her intention to run for senator.
But Marcos said she was only touring to thank supporters of brother and 2016 vice presidential loser former Senator Bongbong Marcos.
“Hindi ang totoo talagang naiinip na kami sa protesta ni Bongbong. So kailangan umikot, magpasalamat,” she said, referring to the pending poll protest lodged by the former senator against Vice President Leni Robredo, whom he lost to by over 263,000 votes.
Governor Marcos also said a senatorial run in 2019 all depends on Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, who was with her during the press briefing.
In January, former Senator Marcos said his family is back to the drawing board for their political plans in 2019.
He does not intend to run as he awaits the final decision of his poll protest, while sister Governor Marcos and his mother Ilocos Norte 2nd District Rep. Imelda Marcos are on their last terms.
The most recent Social Weather Stations survey shows a lukewarm performance of Governor Marcos compared to her brother, who figured in the Magic 12, along with incumbent administration senators.