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Marcos clan wins big in Philippine vote

14 May 2013, 08:30

Manila - The family of dead dictator Ferdinand Marcos enjoyed easy wins in Philippine elections, official data showed on Tuesday, with his unrepentant 83-year-old wife leading the clan's political charge.

Imelda Marcos captured more than 88% of the votes cast on Monday to win a second consecutive term in the nation's lower house representing the family's northern provincial stronghold, according to the official tally.

Aides told AFP they expected Imelda Marcos to be proclaimed the winner on Tuesday. Her daughter, Imee, was elected unopposed in the mid-term elections for a second term as governor of the province, Ilocos Norte.

Imelda Marcos's main rival, local lawyer Ferdinand Ignacio, conceded the race after capturing about 10% of the vote.

"I will congratulate her. There's no point in sour-graping at this point. This is the essence of democracy," Ignacio said.

Imee Marcos's cousin, Angelo Barba, completed a family sweep as the uncontested candidate for provincial vice governor, according to the Commission on Elections' website.

'First mother'

Meanwhile, the late dictator's son and namesake, Ferdinand Marcos Jnr, is half way through a six-year term in the Senate and is widely expected to run for president in 2016.

The family fled to US exile when a military-backed but peaceful uprising ended Ferdinand Marcos's 20-year rule in 1986.

The dictator, his wife and their cronies were accused of stealing billions of dollars, murdering or jailing thousands of critics, and living in extravagance while the majority of Filipinos endured crushing poverty.

Imelda Marcos's vast shoe collection, jet-setting lifestyle and other extravagances came to symbolise the excesses of her husband's rule.

The government has recovered about $4bn from ill-gotten Marcos assets, but Imelda has always maintained the family did nothing wrong and she has beaten all corruption charges against her.

After the patriarch died in Hawaii in 1989, his wife and children returned to the Philippines to begin rebuilding the family brand from Ilocos Norte.

Ferdinand Marcos Jnr won support from one in three voters during the 2010 elections, giving hope to his mother's publicly stated ambitions of returning to the presidential palace as "first mother".



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