Imee mum on 2019: Bongbong Marcos protest most important

Lian Buan
'Ito yung inaasam -asam namin na dalawang taon na at tamang-tama kasi talagang marubdob ang aming panalangin buong Semana Santa,' says Governor Imee Marcos on her brother Bongbong's electoral protest for the post of vice president

ELECTORAL PROTEST. Supporters gather outside the Supreme Court on April 2, 2018 as Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos and former senator Bongbong Marcos arrive for the start of the vote recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said on Monday, April 2, that nothing is definite yet on the Marcos family’s plans for 2019.

Wala pang maliwanag, pinakaimportante sa pamilya ko ay matuloy na muna ang protesta,” Imee said on Monday at the Supreme Court (SC) as she joined her brother, former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, for the first day of initial recount for his electoral protest.

The SC sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) began on Monday the recount of 5,418 clustered precincts covering the pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental.

Bongbong chose the pilot provinces for the electoral protest he filed against Vice President Leni Robredo. (READ: Robredo on VP ballot recount: ‘Have no fear, we fight for truth’)

“The results of the revision of pilot provinces shall thereafter determine whether the instant protest will proceed with the remaining 31,047 protested clustered precincts,” the PET said in a statement.

Bongbong also arrived to greet his supporters in front of the SC, after which he immediately proceeded to the revision site inside the SC building where media is not allowed.

Imee had earlier said that a Marcos will run for national office in 2019, presumably the Senate.

Pressed on Monday which Marcos would vie for the Senate, Imee didn’t elaborate.

Tinutulak lang namin ‘yung protesta, ipinagdadasal ng nanay ko na talagang Baclaran mainstay na po siya, ako po naman ay nasa Quiapo, inaasahan ko na tuloy-tuloy na ang pagbibilang ng tamang boto,” she said.

(We’re just pushing the protest, my mother is already a Baclaran mainstay praying for this, I go to Quiapo, and I really expect the recounting of ballots to proceed as planned.)

She added: “Ito yung inaasam-asam namin na dalawang taon na at tamang-tama kasi talagang marubdob ang aming panalangin buong Semana Santa na matuloy na at inaasahan namin na sana’y matuloy na ang repaso ng mga boto.”

(This is what we’ve wanted for the last two years and it’s only right because we prayed for this profusely during all of Holy Week, that the recount of ballots pushes through.) –

Lian Buan

Lian Buan covers justice and corruption for Rappler. She is interested in decisions, pleadings, audits, contracts, and other documents that establish a trail. If you have leads, email or tweet @lianbuan.