According to Philippine Legion of Honor awardee, politician, and critic Teddy Boy Locsin Jr. “Marcos Jr. is the most sober, clear and intelligent of all the candidates for any post”.
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr is now leading in all polls with a substantial margin ahead of its closest rival Chiz Escudero, despite of Aquino’s effort to topple his candidacy.
Some critics may wonder why despite of all the negative things against the Marcoses, people are still loyal to the only late dictator’s son.
Forget the name “Marcos” and let’s focus on the man’s accomplishment while working as a government official.
Bongbong has been a governor of Ilocos Norte, congressman, and is currently a senator. His experience in local and national government is second to none compared to other vice presidential candidates.
His accomplishment as governor of Ilocos Norte is evident after it became a first class province under his administration. However, let’s take a look at his legislative performance during his stint as congressman and senator.
The 57-year-old Marcos is currently the chairman of the Senate committees on local government and public works. He also chairs the oversight committee on the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Organic Act, the congressional oversight panel on the Special Purpose Vehicle Act, and a select oversight committee on barangay affairs.
So far, in the 16th Congress (2013 to present), Senator Marcos has authored 52 bills, with one enacted into law. His Senate Bill 1186, which sought the postponement of the 2013 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, later became Republic Act 10632 on October 3, 2013.
Marcos has also co-authored 4 Senate bills. One of them, Senate Bill 712, was approved as Republic Act 10645 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.
Meanwhile, in the 15th Congress (2010 to 2013), he was the author of 34 Senate bills – 28 of which he refiled in the 16th Congress – and was co-author of 17 more, 7 of which became Republic Acts.
Among them are the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act, the Cybercrime Prevention Act, the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, and the National Health Insurance Act.
When he was Ilocos Norte representative in the 14th Congress (2007 to 2010), Marcos supported the passage of Republic Act 9522 or the Archipelagic Baselines Law of the Philippines as a member of the House bicameral conference committee.
Only 3 House bills in the 14th Congress were principally authored by him, including his version of the Archipelagic Baselines Law, which remained pending in the House committee on foreign affairs, according to the House Legislative Information System (LEGIS). But he was co-author of 21 other House bills, 6 of which later became law.
Meanwhile, at his first stint in the Lower House during the 9th Congress (1992 to 1995), Marcos was the author of 29 House bills and co-author of 90 more, which includes those that paved the way for the creation of the Department of Energy and the National Youth Commission.
In addition, as senator from 2011 to present, Senator Marcos has built more 576 kilometers of farm-to-market roads around the country, 189 classrooms, 67 kilometers of water drainage system, 58 multi-purpose buildings for barangays, and 189 multi-purpose vehicles for rural barangays.
His financial and health assistance projects in Ilocos Norte during his gubernatorial stint is still active and adopted by his successor, his sister Gov. Imee Marcos.
Do Alan peter Cayetano, Chiz Escudero, Antonio Trillanes, Gringo Honasan, and the whiny Leni Robredo can boast a similar accomplishment? Let’s discuss below. /Maia Quintos/Rappler.com/