Palace: Public should look into Marcoses' track record

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

MALACANANG said Thursday that the public should look into the track record of the Marcoses if they are capable to continue the reforms that President Benigno Aquino III has started.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. was reacting to reports that former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos hoped that they could return to Malacanang.

He said the law provides as to who are qualified to run for president.

"Well, nasa batas naman po ‘yan kung sino ang puwedeng kumandidato, ano 'yung mga kwalipikasyon. Basta po naaayon sa batas at pumasa sa Comelec (Commission on Elections) ’yung Certificate of Candidacy ay kalayaan naman po nilang lumahok sa proseso ng halalan sa ating bansa," Coloma said.

Asked if any member of the Marcos clan would be capable of continuing reforms started by the Aquino administration, the Palace official said in order to answer the question, the public should look into the track record of the Marcoses.

"Kung sila ay may track record sa bagay na ‘yan, o baka sa ibang larangan ang kanilang track record, at sa bagay na ‘yan, ang taumbayan ang pinakamainam na magpasya," he said.

Marcos expressed her hope for the Marcoses to return to Malacanang when she celebrated her 85th birthday on Wednesday.

Her husband, late President Ferdinand Marcos, ruled the Philippines for about two decades.

Marcos was ousted from his post in 1986 through a military-backed uprising.

But after Marcos died and after years of exile in the United States, his wife Imelda and their children returned to the Philippines.

While cases have been filed against the Marcoses, no one was put in jail.

Marcos eldest daughter, Imee, is now the governor of Ilocos, and his son, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is now a senator. (SDR/Sunnex)

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