Imelda campaigns for Bongbong in Tacloban
FAR FROM DONE with politics, wife of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda Marcos, campaigned with BongBong Marcos, her son, in a campaign sortie in Yolanda-struck Tacloban. They are close allies with the Romualdez clan in the area. Tacloban is the hometown of Imelda Marcos.
The usual battlecry of Imelda is to paint the life of Filipinos as better in their hands than after. She repeated this same message in the campaign, resonating with BongBong's own rhetoric on the "glory days" of the Philippines during the Martial Law era. She claims that the next leaders after them did not care about the country, hence the fall.
"Thirty years kami sa Amerika, umalis kami dito [at nanatili] sa mga estranghero kahit na nanalo kami nung snap election noong 1986, pero ano ang nangyari naghirap ang mga kapatid na Pilipino dahil ang mga sumunod sa Marcos kasi hindi nag-isip para sa kapwa tao, walang puso, kaya nandito ako, ang edad kong 86 na pero ang aking puso nandito pa rin malakas pa rin ang aking pagmamahal sa kapwa lalo na sa bansang Pilipinas," said Imelda in the Remedios Romualdez gym, alongside hundreds of barangay captains from Leyte and Biliran.
This is the first time that the former First Lady has joined in to campaign for BongBong Marcos. The namesake of the late dictator seeks the vice presidency.
In a resoundingly Trump-like message, they declared: "We need to unite for our nation to be great again."
She was also campaigning for other relatives, such as her nephew and Leyte representative Martin Romualdez. He is running for a senatorial seat. His wife, Yedda, on the other hand, seeks to continue the dynasty in the area and replace his post as mayor.