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Marcos widow, grandson run for provincial governor, vice governor

LAOAG CITY (Philippine Daily Inquirer) —  Former first lady Imelda Marcos is seeking the gubernatorial post held since 2010 by her daughter, Imee, who is running for senator in next year’s midterm elections.

The 89-year-old widow of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, who is serving as representative of the second district of the northern province of Ilocos Norte, was expected to file her certificate of candidacy by proxy on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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Gov. Imee Marcos, center, the daughter of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, makes her way through a crowd of supporters as she arrives at the Commission on Elections to file her certificate of candidacy for a Senate seat in the May 2019 midterm elections, Tuesday, in Manila. At bottom right is her brother, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., and top right is Imee’s son Borgy.  AP

Running with her for vice governor is her grandson, Matthew Manotoc, the youngest of Imee’s three sons.

Manotoc, a sports aficionado like his father, Tommy Manotoc, won his first term as senior provincial board member in the 2016 polls.

Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas, a former ally of the Marcos family, said he might retire from politics. His daughter, Board Member Ria Fariñas, has filed her candidacy to take his seat.

“But if my rivals make someone contest Ria’s candidacy, I may end up running for governor,” said Fariñas, who had a falling out with the Marcoses when he initiated a 2017 congressional inquiry into Imee’s alleged misuse of the province’s share of the tobacco taxes.

Fariñas served as House of Representatives majority leader until Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was installed as speaker.

His youngest son, Rodolfo Christian Fariñas II, is running for a seat on the provincial board after losing in the recent barangay or village elections.