By Liezelle Soriano
President Marcos (San Diego Union-Tribune photo courtesy)
MANILA — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said that the darkest part of his family’s life was their exile following the ouster of his father, former president Ferdinand Marcos Sr. in 1986.
“We were in exile for six years so we weren’t sure if we were coming back at all, physically coming back. My father never made it back. He died in Hawaii. So that was a very trying time, those were dark days for the family, and I dare say even for the country,” Marcos said in his interview at the World Economic Forum (WEF) with President Børge Brende in Davos, Switzerland.
The Marcos family was ousted in 1986 and settled in Hawaii.
“But after we came back from the United States, after the exile, when we were first allowed to come back, the political issue was Marcos. And for us, for us to defend ourselves politically, somebody had to enter politics and be in the political arena. So that at least, not only the legacy of my father but even our own survival required that somebody go into politics,” the President added.
He said, in 1992 after his family returned to the country in 1991, he immediately ran as a congressman.
“If you were to ask me when I was 23, 24, 25 years old, will you enter politics? Before you finish asking the question, I’ve already said no, no, no, no. But you know, life takes you to certain — places that you did not expect. And so once I was entrenched in the political arena, I said, well — if we’re going to do this, you better do it well,” he shared.