MANILA, Philippines?(UPDATE) On his 53rd birthday on Monday, Senator Ferdinand ?Bong-Bong? Marcos Jr.'s mother and now Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos, talked about his possible presidential bid in 2016.
?I'm here and truly happy to see Bong-Bong here in the Senate following the footsteps of his father,? said the former First Lady, who she showed up at the Senate to join his son's birthday celebration with reporters. She was accompanied by her daughter, Irene and the latter's husband, Greg Araneta.
Asked if what she meant by her statement was that the senator would also run for president, she said,
?You know that's a matter of destiny, a divine plan.?
?But I'm very proud because he's really doing a lot of work that the late president initiated. Following his footsteps? Yes, I think so and I'm proud of the fact that he has foresight, he has a vision for the people,' she added.
Like any proud mother, Mrs. Marcos could not hide her elation over her son's achievements in just two months of office in the Senate
She even planted a kiss on the senator's cheek after she delivered a short statement for him.
But for the senator, it was too premature to talk about the issue though he did not reject the idea of eventually taking the same path like his father.
?Wala pa e. Nag 60 days na ba tayo? 70 days plus pa lang. Haba pa nito (None yet. Have we passed 60 days? It has only been 70 days. There?s still a long way to go),? he said, referring to the two-month old term of all elected officials.
?Baka pagdating 2016 wala ng presidente. Sa bansa natin, mabilis ang takbo ng pulitika (Maybe by 2016 there won?t be a president. The politics in our country is fast-paced),? he further said.
Though she talked about the possible presidential bid of her son, the former First Lady admitted that she was scared of Malacañang, recalling how she was judged as soon as she stepped into it.
?Sabi naman ni Ferdinand (But Ferdinand told me), 'Imelda when you become a leader of a country, you enter history and when you enter history you will be judged onto infinity. Kaya hanggang nagyon , naju- judge pa rin ako (Until now I am still judged),? she said.
In fact, Mrs. Marcos lamented that she did not know anymore who she is as she was being branded as either ?Imeldific? or ?Imeldous complex.?
And so because she knows how difficult it is to be in Malacanang, the former First Lady chose to offer support, instead of criticisms, to the new occupant in the Palace, President Benigno ?Noynoy? Aquino III, whose family has along standing rift with the Marcoses.
The Aquino family blamed the late strongman for the assassination of former Senator Benigno ?Ninoy? Aquino Jr..