Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) — The powerful Marcos clan has kept its hold on power in Ilocos Norte, with two members of the family clinching the two top seats at the provincial capitol.
Matthew Marcos Manotoc, the grandson of Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representatives and former First Lady Imelda Marcos, was proclaimed Tuesday as the province’s new governor.
Manotoc, son of senatorial candidate and incumbent Governor Imee Marcos, is a shoo-in after the last-minute withdrawal of his opponent Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo “Rudy” Fariñas left him unopposed in the gubernatorial race.
CNN Philippines’ partial, unofficial tally based on raw data from the Commission on Elections media server showed Manotoc, the incumbent Ilocos Norte 2nd District senior board member, garnered 260,938 votes.
His vice governor, Cecille Araneta-Marcos, the widow of Provincial Board Member Mariano “Nonong” Marcos II who died in February, got 227,311 votes.
Manotoc will replace his mother who first held the position in 2010. Based on partial and unofficial results, Imee is at eighth in the Senate race with 15,306,974 votes.
Manotoc was initially a candidate for vice governor but replaced his grandmother when she pulled out of the gubernatorial race in November last year.
The widow of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos withdrew from the race shortly after the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan found her guilty of seven counts of graft for using her Cabinet position to maintain Swiss bank accounts during her husband’s regime. Marcos ruled the country from 1965 until he was deposed by a popular uprising in February 1986.
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Marcoses retain hold on Ilocos Norte