Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.
|Political Party:|| Nacionalista Party (2009 to date)|
|Born:|| September 13, 1957|
Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos, Jr. (born 13 September 1957) is a Filipino senator.
Marcos finished his elementary education at De la Salle College and his secondary education at Worth School in England. In 1978, he graduated from Oxford University with a bachelor's degree in political science, philosophy, and economics. Afterwards, he went to Wharton School of Business in the US to obtain his master's degree in business administration. In 1980, while completing his MBA thesis, he was elected in absentia as vice governor of Ilocos Norte.
Marcos is married to Louise Araneta. They have three sons.
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.
In a Blogwatch interview, Marcos said that he plans to eliminate corruption by encouraging a culture that does not tolerate it. He said that the culture of our government has become such that tall its agencies, organs, and offices are used for personal gain and corruption. There was also the lack of corruption investigations in the senate and that the required laws for prosecution are not being used. Marcos said that these laws would be the deterrent if executed and that the government could go back to its real function of serving the people. In terms of legislature, Marcos proposed a quantitative legislation enshrining to law the idea that when the government makes transactions, e.g. for infrastructure or education, its business partners must provide products and services of the proper specifications for the agreed-upon price. The downside of quantitative legislation is that it requires a lot of logistics. He said that in order to stop corruption, we have to change the culture to make the government transactions more standardized.
When asked about his morality in fighting corruption considering his family's historical background, Marcos clarified that none of the accusations against his father, Ferdinand Marcos, were proven and that he, Bongbong Marcos, has never been accused of any wrongdoings in his political career. Marcos also said that he can't think of any circumstance where his being a Marcos is a disadvantage. He said that the voters now have a basis for comparison as to who did a better job at administering the government and providing public services. However, Marcos said that a good campaign is never easy because it is about finding an effective way to get your message across, by being knowledgeable about the campaign, and the changing issues for a competent debate.
Marcos was also asked on how he plans to prosecute a hierarchy of corrupt politicians. He said he will set an example by “finding the big guy and go after him but the very least it has to be investigated and exposed.”
On youth issues
Marcos said that his background in Kabataang Baranggay during his father's presidency helped him author the law that created the Philippine Youth Commission. He said that he will continue the effort to include young people in the government because of their important part in our society. If the youth utilize their power to vote, being a large percentage of the voting population, they will be the ones to elect the leaders of the country. According to Marcos, unless young people are involved in politics, the Filipinos will not progress and one of the main problems is that since 1986, each succeeding administration has suffered from inertia by relying on the ineffective solutions to address the country's situation.
Marcos quoted Abbie Hoffman saying “Don't trust anyone who is over 30.” He said that we should accept the change and innovation and that we have to incorporate them in all that we do, especially in the government. He also believes that the country should consider new methods and technologies.
Marcos believes that the Philippines has to strengthen its education system. In the past years, 50% of the national budget was allotted to education: supporting teachers, building schools and providing textbooks. At present, our budget for education is at 16% and is gradually decreasing, showing little the government prioritizes education. Marcos believes in building more schools, providing scholarships, implementing better systems to support the teachers, and procuring higher quality school supplies and teaching materials. He said that education is the most important service that the government can provide.
Marcos said that if the quality of education imporves he sees that there is no need to add years to the program.
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