Imelda Marcos' grandson to replace her in gubernatorial race

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 29) — Imelda Marcos, who has been convicted of seven counts of graft by the Sandiganbayan, has pulled out from the 2019 elections.

She will be replaced by her grandson, Matthew Marcos Manotoc, who will run for the position of Ilocos Norte Governor.

"IT'S FINAL. Matthew Marcos Manotoc, incumbent Senior Provincial Board Member, will run for Governor of Ilocos Norte," a post on Manotoc's Facebook page said.

 

Manotoc was initially supposed to run for vice governor.

He will be facing current Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Farinas, who will also run for Ilocos Norte governor.

The Marcos matriarch claimed several health issues when she skipped the court hearing where she was declared guilty of seven counts of graft.

READ: Imelda Marcos cites health issues for skipping court sentencing on graft case

This, despite being seen hobnobbing with other big name politicians at the birthday party of her daughter, Imee Marcos, the night of the said hearing.

In a September interview with CNN Philippines, Imee Marcos said that there are several family issues that affect their respective election bids.

"Magulo pa rin kami sa Ilocos Norte. Yung mga anak namin ayaw tumakbo, so that's our issue," said on CNN Philippines' On the Record.

READ: 'Family issues' hinder Imee Marcos' possible Senate bid

CNN Philippines' Xianne Arcangel and Luchi de Guzman contributed to this report.