Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.

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Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr.
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Philippine Senator
Political Party: Nacionalista Party (2009 to date)
KBL (1980–2009)
Born: September 13, 1957
Spouse: Louise Araneta-Marcos
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Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos, Jr. (born 13 September 1957) is a Filipino politician and senator. He is currently running for Vice President in the 2016 national elections.

He is married to lawyer Louise Araneta. They have three sons: Ferdinand Alexander III, Joseph Simon and William Vincent.


Early life and education

Marcos was born in Manila to Ferdinand Marcos, the ninth president of the Philippines and Imelda Marcos, the first governor of Metro Manila and Minister of Human Settlements.

Marcos finished his elementary education at De la Salle College and his secondary education at Worth School in England. In 1978, he received a diploma in social studies from Oxford University in England. From 1979 to 1981, he worked on a Graduate Coursework in Business Administration. In 1980, he was elected in absentia as vice governor of Ilocos Norte.

Political Career

In 1980, He was elected as the vice-governor of Ilocos Norte at the age of 23 during the Martial Law era. In 1983, he led a group of young Filipino leaders on a 10-day diplomatic mission to China to mark the 10th anniversary of Philippine-Chinese relations.

After the EDSA Revolution in 1986,he went into exile with his family but was the first of the Marcos to return to the Philippines.

In 1992, he was elected to the House of representatives, representing Ilocos Norte's second district. In 1995, Bongbong ran for senator, but lost. In 1998, he was elected for his first of three terms as governor of Ilocos Norte. In 2007, he ran unnopposed for Congress where he is now Deputy Minority Leader. As a congressman, he passed the Philippine Youth Commission Act and the Baselines Law. He was also the largest contributor to cooperatives development.

Marcos implemented the adoption of English as the principal language of instruction in the Philippine educational system, and as tool for Filipino competitiveness in education, the adoption of a comprehensive infrastructure modernization program as key to full economic development and as a major part of the national strategy amidst the global recession, the focused development of Philippine tourism as another major strategy for enabling the country to cope with the recession, and the accelerated development of alternative sources of energy to address Philippine dependence on foreign oil and the volatility of oil prices. He also implemented the upgrading of the Filipino overseas workers program which was originated by President Marcos and has become a major component of Philippine economic growth and resiliency amidst the global economic crisis.


Marcos conveyed that he is running for senator because he believes that his background and experience in the local government will be helpful on the national level. He said that the relationship between the government and the local communities is disjointed and that they are no longer supportive of the local government.

When asked to compare himself to his father Ferdinand Marcos, he said that he can't give an objective answer and therefore one should ask people who have worked with him and his father.

On 15 May 2010, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has proclaimed Marcos as one of the nine senators to be elected in the 2010 Philippine general elections. He currently chairs the Senate Committee on Local Government and the Committee on Public Works. He is the vice chairman of the following committees: Civil Service and Government Reorganization, Cooperatives and Foreign Relations. He is the chairman of the Oversight Committee on ARMM Organic Act and vice chairman of the Oversight Committee on AFP Modernization Fund. He has filed a total of 117 bills and 98 resolutions (authored and co-authored). 35 bills were enacted into laws and 43 became adopted resolutions.

Awards and recognition

  • Awardee, Top Most Outstanding Contributor of CDF to Cooperatives, October 1994
  • Awardee, Young Achiever Awards for Government and Public Service, November 1994

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