Imelda Marcos Aims for Stunning Philippine Comeback

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Imelda Marcos Aims for Stunning Philippine Comeback


MANILA, December 2, 2009 (AFP) - Imelda Marcos launched a bid for a stunning political comeback Wednesday after registering to run for a parliamentary seat in the northern Philippines where her late dictator husband remains a revered figure.More than two decades after a popular revolt sent the Marcos family fleeing into exile, the flamboyant widow with the fetish for fancy shoes will seek to take the lower house seat being vacated by her son in next year's elections.Marcos's spokeswoman Sol Vanzi told AFP the former first lady registered her candidacy late on Tuesday, just before the deadline expired."She filed at the last minute in Ilocos Norte," said Vanzi, a longtime Marcos associate.Ilocos Norte is a province in the northern Philippines where her late husband Ferdinand Marcos Snr was born, and which remains a Marcos stronghold.Ferdinand Marcos Jnr has held one of Ilocos Norte's two seats since 2007 and is standing down so he can make a tilt at the Senate.A Marcos daughter, Imee, will also run for governor of the province next year against one of her cousins, incumbent Michael Keon, Vanzi said. Imee Marcos had preceded her brother as the legislator for the province.Long-time Marcos critics and political analysts immediately expressed anguish at her decision to return to politics, which no-one in the media had predicted.But they said she was certain to win as Ilocos Norte remained a family stronghold that had prospered under the family's patronage."Ilocos is their bailiwick and I suppose they have done something good for their constituency," said Conrad Castillo, secretary-general of the left-wing AKBAYAN (Citizens Action Party).However he expressed sadness at the short memory of voters."The new generation, they dont know what the Marcoses did. The youth must be reminded of what happened more than 25 years ago when (Ferdinand Marcos) was in power."Ferdinand Marcos ruled the Philippines from 1966 to 1986, earning a reputation as a feared dictator who oversaw the country's economic demise while plundering the country of billions of dollars.Imelda Marcos became perhaps even more famous than her husband as she travelled around the world enjoying a fabulously extravagant life while meeting and befriending many of of the world's top leaders. …

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