Imee Marcos happy with SC decision to stop conferment of National Artist awards

Former Ilocos Norte Rep. Imee Marcos says she has no plan to run again for a congressional seat. The daughter of former President Ferdinand Marcos was a congresswoman from 1998 to 2007.


The children of late Pres. Ferdinand Marcos are getting closer to a full reconciliation with their family's political rival.

Imee and Bongbong Marcos recently expressed support for Sen. Noynoy Aquino should he decide to seek a higher post in next year's elections.

Former Ilocos Norte Rep. Imee Marcos told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last Wednesday, August 26, that she believes the senator is capable of holding a high government position. Imee worked with Noynoy in the Lower House for nine years.

"Maganda naman 'yon, kasi naging kasamahan ko si Noynoy ng siyam na taon sa Kongreso... At inaasahan ko na mapunta siya sa mas matitindi pang posisyon," Imee said during the premiere of Ligtas Likas, a cartoon for environmental education which she co-produced with Sen. Loren Legarda.

Ilocos Norte Rep. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. earlier expressed support for Noynoy's political plan, adding that he's even surprised that the senator still hasn't accepted presidential aspirant Sen. Mar Roxas's offer for him to be his running mate.

"It would seem to be natural for him [Noynoy] to join Mar Roxas on his ticket. I'm not really surprised. I'm really more surprised that he has not agreed already to that," Marcos told a national daily on Tuesday, August 25.

Talks of reconciliation between the two families happened during the visit of Imee and Bongbong Marcos to the wake of former President Cory Aquino last August 4. (Click here to read related story)

NATIONAL ARTIST AWARDS. PEP also asked Imee about her opinion on the Supreme Court's August 25 decision to stop the conferment of the National Artist awards on this year's batch of nominees, which includes Carlo J. Caparas and Cecile Guidote-Alvarez and two other Palace picks.

Imee attended the indignation rally for the "death" of the National Artist awards held last August 7. The former congresswoman said she feels hurt that the highest distinction, instituted by her mother former First Lady Imelda Marcos, has been debased. (Click here to read related story)

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In the interview, Imee said she hopes the high court would continue blocking the awarding ceremony.

"Sana yung Supreme Court, makikita na talagang nilabag yung prosesong nakatakda... At biro nga namin sa sobrang istrikto ng proseso, kailangan patay ka na para magwagi. E, ginawa naman nilang sobrang lawak at hindi sinundan ang mga nominating committee. Kaya nakakasira ng loob para sa mga gumagawa at trabahador ng sining," Imee said.

Imee added that she is willing to attend the succeeding SC hearings. "Oo naman. Kahit chu-wap lang tayo dun, join!" she quipped.


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