Young Marcoses protect Ilocos Norte dynasty as family strives for Malacañang comeback

ILOCOS NORTE, Philippines – Renato Navarro, who owns a pasalubong retailer in Laoag Metropolis, was raring to go to the Capitol grounds on Friday, March 25, to see his presidential wager – the dictator’s inheritor Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. However whenever you ask him if he would vote for Marcos Jr.’s son, nephew, and his anointed mayoralty wager in Laoag – he was not as determined.

Requested for his candidates for governor, Laoag Metropolis mayor, and congressman, Navarro instructed Rappler in Ilocano: “I haven’t decided yet. I’m still thinking.”

Such is the native scene in Ilocos Norte. Though Marcos Jr. is of course the preferred presidential selection, of us listed below are break up between the third era spawns of the late dictator and the opposite dynasty they’re very accustomed to – the Fariñases led by no former governor and former Home majority chief Rodolfo “Rudy” Fariñas.

Fariñas got here out of retirement to problem reelectionist Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc, son of Senator Imee Marcos.

In Ilocos Norte’s 1st District, Fariñas’ daughter, incumbent congresswoman Ria Fariñas, is working towards Marcos Jr’s eldest, 28-year-old England-educated Sandro whose provocative statements on this marketing campaign have raised some eyebrows amongst native politicians right here.

On the day Senator Bong Go backed out of the presidential race, Sandra was requested if Workforce Marcos was open to a reconciliation with Workforce Fariñas. Sandro mentioned in Filipino: “You’re gonna make my father Plan B? It’s sad to be a backup plan. We’ve never been one to turn down support, but we’ve never been the kind of family that is just a backup.”

The context of Sandro’s assertion was Ria’s public endorsement of Go’s presidential bid. The Fariñases are working underneath the ruling, albeit fragmented, PDP-Laban.

Sandro’s assertion was taken by some right here as a rookie transfer, since whereas two political dynasties are rivals, they’re additionally, in some ways, allies. Tales abound on who gave approach to who by which elections.

Pre-campaign interval, Ria instructed a neighborhood information outlet that Sandro gunning for her seat when the Marcos family already managed the Capitol, the Laoag Metropolis Corridor, and the 2nd congressional district, was simply plain greed.

Ria was a provincial board member earlier than she ran and gained the congressional seat in 2019. Whereas Sandro is working for an elective put up for the time, he mentioned he didn’t agree that Ria is extra skilled than him.

“I wouldn’t actually agree on that. She became a congresswoman in 2019 and I started working there in 2019, under the office of the Majority Leader, which actually gives you an encompassing view of how the House works, how the lower House works as a body,” Sandro mentioned on the sidelines of the rally on Friday. He insisted on answering questions from reporters as the family’s media officers tried to chop the interview a number of occasions.

Sandro labored underneath his uncle, Home Majority Chief Martin Romualdez of one other dynasty – the Romualdezes of Leyte.

Workforce Fariñas didn’t maintain a rally on Friday, and Rappler had been making an attempt to arrange interviews with the group as nicely. We’ll replace this story as soon as we get their statements.

Sandro mentioned that there have been no talks with Workforce Fariñas, even after the Duterte wing of PDP-Laban already endorsed the presidential bid of his father.

“There are no plans. We all know that prior to the withdrawal of Senator Bong Go, they voiced all-out support for him. With regards to developments on that, I have not heard anything. Frankly, I am not privy to the national goings on, I’m just focused here in Ilocos,” mentioned Sandro.

Young Marcoses protect Ilocos Norte dynasty as family strives for Malacañang comeback

Native slugfest

Research have proven proof that areas with extra dynasties are inclined to have a better poverty fee. However an anti-dynasty invoice has at all times had dim prospects in Congress, which is filled with dynasty spawns.

Like his father, Sandro defended political dynasties by saying it will be the individuals who would finally do away with political dynasties by not voting for them.

“There’s an electoral process. It is a democratic one so that’s up for the people to decide. It’s not for me or anyone to decide. It’s up to the Ilocano people,” mentioned Sandro.

The factor is, within the First District, it’s solely a selection between two dynaties – Marcos or Fariñas. It’s the identical within the gubernatorial race, you both select Marcos Sr.’s grandson Matthew, otherwise you select Rudy, Marcos Sr.’s ally who helped preserve Ilocos Norte their turf even whereas the Marcoses have been in exile.

Amongst younger progressive Ilocanos who reject the Marcoses, it’s a really powerful selection, as a result of the opposite choice is for them additionally a logo of what’s incorrect with Philippine politics – that it’s largely a family enterprise.

Matthew, who doesn’t converse Ilocano, mentioned he was a reluctant candidate. “Noong 2019, noong tumakbo po ako bilang gobernador ‘nyo. I told myself na one-termer lang ako, kasi reluctant candidate po ako (In 2019, when I ran for governor. I told myself I will only be a one-termer governor because I was a reluctant candidate),” Matthew mentioned in his rally speech.

“As you all know I had no intention to run for governor of Ilocos Norte, and now standing before you three years later…. To be honest, as years have passed, I have fallen in love with Ilocos Norte and I believe we have much more work to do,” mentioned Matthew. His mom was not at his rally, the senator was on the Zamora kickoff in San Juan Metropolis, the Metro Manila residence of the previous first family.

Matthew ran unopposed in 2019 as a result of Rudy backed out on the final minute. The final time there was an precise contest right here for governor was in 2010, when Imee beat her cousin, former governor and now Laoag Metropolis Mayor Michael Marcos Keon. In 2013 and 2016, Imee ran unopposed.

Then you have got Keon, who had instructed his constituents on Fb the story of how the Marcoses made him run for Laoag Metropolis mayor in 2019. Keon’s win in 2019 accomplished the Marcos domination, as a result of he took Laoag Metropolis Corridor, the longtime turf of the Fariñas family. Within the 2022 elections, Fariñas’ niece-in-law, former mayor Chevylle Fariñas, will attempt to regain her seat.

However Workforce Marcos shouldn’t be supporting Keon, selecting to endorse Keon’s mortal enemy, Vice Mayor Vicentito Lazo. In Laoag Metropolis although, there are posters of Keon with Marcos Jr. however on stage, it was Lazo’s hand that Marcos Jr. raised.

TEAM MARCOS’ MAYORAL BET NOT A MARCOS. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr .raises the hand of Laoag Metropolis mayoral wager Vicentito Lazo (to his left) as a substitute of his cousin, reelectionist Mayor Michael Marcos Keon. Photograph by Lian Buan/Rappler
DROPPED BY TEAM MARCOS. Reelectionist Laoag Metropolis Mayor Michael Marcos Keon has posters of himself along with his cousin, Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. Photograph by Lian Buan/Rappler

Requested the place Keon was as Workforce Marcos held a rally on the Capitol simply beside the Laoag Metropolis Corridor, Sandro mentioned: “I have no idea. You’re gonna have to ask him.”

For the put up of Laoag vice mayor, Workforce Marcos is fielding Ameurfina Respicio who has a great status as a lawyer right here, however is perceived as much less winnable in comparison with her youthful opponent, Fariñas’ son Carlos, a barangay chairman.

Tight race

Safety guard Elmer Dacumos mentioned that within the native elections, he’s “solid Fariñas.” Talking in Ilocano, Dacumos mentioned, “I would have appreciated if [Sandro] ran for councilor first, to begin small.”

Vendor Jessa Mae Labuguen mentioned she would select Matthew over the extra veteran Fariñas. Why? “I always watch his Facebook Live, so I see a lot of good things that he does, so I like him,” she mentioned in Ilocano.

Workforce Fariñas is urgent flesh, doing house-to-house campaining, and visiting communities. Workforce Marcos must be seen too if it desires to win, says political scientist John Paul Castro, an teacher Northwestern College.

“The young Marcoses have to go out and show themselves. They have to be more visible so that people remember them. Ilocanos are not only thinking about the national elections,” mentioned Castro.

Visibility and on-ground campaigning even have loads to do with which mayors are in your facet. They’re the ticket to penetrating cities, both by doing private visits or simply placing up posters.

GROUND CAMPAIGN. Workforce Fariñas conducts house-to-house and neighborhood visits to kick off the native marketing campaign interval on March 25, 2022. Photograph from Rep Ria Fariñas’ Fb Web page

Besides for the cities of Pagudpud, Solsona, Vintar, San Nicolas, Currimao, Dumalneg,  incumbent and reelectionist mayors within the First and Second districts appeared on the stage of the Workforce Marcos proclamation rally on Friday, particularly Albert Chua (Batac Metropolis),  Maximo Cajigal (Badoc), Joefrey Saguid (Dingras), Antonio Mariano (Marcos), Aldrin Garvida (Nueva Period), Romel Labasan (Pinili), Rosalia Dupagen (Adams), Fidel Cimatu Jr. (Bangui), Cresente Garcia (Burgos), and Remigio Medrano (Sarrat). 

They have been endorsed by reelectionist 2nd Ristrict consultant Angelo Marcos Barba, Marcos Jr.’s cousin; and Ireelectionist Vice Governor Cecilia Araneta-Marcos, the widow of one other cousin, the late Mariano “Nonong” Marcos II.

Mayoral rivals Edward Quilala and Glady Go Que (Currimao), Raphael Benemerito, Maja Gross sales, and Pago Garvida (Pagudpud); and Larissa Foronda and Amado Victor Racimo (Vintar) didn’t seem on stage however have been acknowledged by the occasion’s host for their help for the Workforce Marcos slate. None have been acknowledged from Solsona city.

If based mostly on that, the Marcos enterprise nonetheless reaches far and large. In addition to, within the final 50 years, Fariñas was the one non-Marcos to be Ilocos Norte governor.

As a result of right here on this facet of the North, the family of the dictator this nation ousted 36 years in the past can proclaim: Marcos idi, Marcos latta, nangnangruna itan.

Marcos again then, nonetheless Marcos, Marcos particularly now.

– Rappler.com

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