Poe courts Solid North, Imee plays safe

Poe courts Solid North, Imee plays safe

Hoping to channel the support of the so-called Solid North to her favor, presidential candidate Grace Poe applauds the infrastructure legacy of late President Ferdinand Marcos.

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos joined Poe in her visit in Ilocos Norte, as the latter praised the wind energy project of the province.

“I have long wanted to visit this wind farm because I think this is what the next administration should focus on,” said Grace Poe, according to a report from the Inquirer.

The governor is the brother of vice presidential bet Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. who has been receiving flak for benefiting from the billions worth of stolen funds since their father's martial law rule.

While many public figures cry out against Marcos revisionism, Poe believes that there is still good in what the late dictator did.

Poe said in the Inquirer report: “Give credit where credit is due. When it comes to infrastructure,  there were a lot of structures built during the time of President Marcos. I think if we do these (infrastructure projects) with the same priority, we can create jobs, solve our problems in traffic and power supply."

Although the governor's brother is running with Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago as his president, Imee did not give an outright denial when asked if she would endorse Poe for president. She said she didn't know.

The Solid North has gained its reputation for its massive support that spelled victory for the late dictator.

However, according to CNN Philippines, the Solid North has grown divided in its years after the Marcos regime. The same report said that the Solid North has over 5 million voters.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago is consistently in the bottom of the race according to recent poll surveys. While Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has the lead so far, the other candidates are not too far behind.

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Imee went on record saying that anyone is open to campaign in Ilocos for president.



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