Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is banking on his extensive experience in the executive department as one of his main qualifications to convince voters in the May 2010 elections that he is the right man for the job as the country’s next vice president.
“I know most of them and certainly they are qualified to run for the post. But I’m the only one who served as an elected official in the executive department, for one,” Marcos replied, when asked by reporters on what sets him apart from his major rivals.
Marcos filed yesterday his certificate of candidacy for vice president at the main office of the Commission on Elections in Intramuros, Manila.Five of the six main contenders to the vice presidential post in the 2016 elections, including Marcos, are senators, while one is a member of the House of Representatives.
Marcos began his career in public service when he was elected as vice governor of Ilocos Norte in 1981. Three years later, he was elected as governor of the province.
After his stint as representative of the Second District of Ilocos Norte from 1992 up to 1995, he served again as Ilocos Norte’s governor for two terms, spanning the period from 1998 to 2007.
He returned to the Legislative department as a member of the House of Representatives, again representing Ilocos Norte’s Second District from 2007 to 2010. It was at the end of this term when he ran and won as senator.
“I’ve seen first hand how local government works and the problems and challenges facing them. I believe this experience has prepared me to handle the responsibilities of a vice president,” Marcos added.
As three term governor of Ilocos Norte, Marcos was credited with transforming the province to a first-class province by harnessing and developing its potential and embarked as well on his pioneering project for alternative energy source through the now famous Bangui and Pagudpud windmill farms.
The growth of tourism not only generated new jobs for the residents of the province but spawned other tourism-related industries, spurring the growth of the local economy.
In formally declaring his intention to run for the post of vice president, Marcos outlined his top priorities, which included job creation.
“I have a vision, I have a plan, and I have the knowledge and experience to carry out such plans,” Marcos said.