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Could 2019 be the end of the Marcoses?

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By: Xave Gregorio

The Marcos family is back to the drawing board plotting their next political move as they stand to lose government posts come 2019.

Former Senator Bongbong Marcos said in a news forum in Manila on Wednesday (January 10) that he and his family would base their next move on their assessment of the political situation in Ilocos Norte and the entire country, and the status of his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.

“We are talking about what we will do in the 2019 elections. And we have not made any decisions at the moment,” Marcos said.

Marcos is still eyeing the vice presidency two years after Robredo snatched the seat from him by a slim margin of around 260,000 votes.

He has nixed running in the 2019 polls for senator, despite ranking in a recent survey, as this will end his electoral protest against Robredo.

Meanwhile, his mother, former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte 2nd District Rep. Imelda Marcos, is on her last term in Congress. Her son said she is no longer keen on running for another position.

Likewise, Representative Marcos’ daughter Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos is on her last term.

Governor Marcos stands a chance at winning a Senate seat, says former Senator Marcos, but has not decided yet if she will be running in the 2019 polls.

However, a recent SWS poll shows a possible lukewarm performance of Governor Marcos in the senatorial elections, unlike former Senator Marcos who figured in the Magic 12.

Sandro Marcos, the son of former Senator Marcos, is left as a possible option for the Marcos family to retain a government seat.

The widely popular 24-year-old would be qualified to run for a seat at the House of Representatives in 2019, possibly replacing Representative Marcos.

“Every time we ask him, baka pwede kang, interesado ka, because you seem to be popular. May Congress support ka naman, kaya kang ipanalo,” his father said.

However, Sandro, who just earned a master’s degree from London School of Economics, has flown back to London to “work where [his] name does not make a difference,” as a researcher for a consulting company.

Former Senator Marcos said his son wanted to gain some experience before entering politics.

Two daughters of former President Ferdinand Marcos and Representative Marcos remain – Irene Marcos and Aimee Marcos – but both have remained absent from politics.

What could be the next move of the Marcos family?

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