TACLOBAN CITY – Senator Imee Marcos denied rumors that she will be running for a local position this 2025 mid-term elections.

Marcos, who is serving her first term as a senator, said that she still has many things to do in the Senate reason she prefers to seek for a reelection.

Rumors have swirled that the senator, elder sister of President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr., is interested to run for mayor of Manila, a post currently held by Mayor Maria Sheilah “Honey” Lacuna who is on her first term.

“May mga Marites na ako daw ay tatakbo sa Manila. Napaka-busy ko pa.Sa kabila ng pagmamahal namin sa Maynila, I will be running for re-election for 2025,” she said in a media conference held at the City Hall here on Wednesday (July 19).

Marcos also dismissed rumors that her son, Borgy Manotoc, will run for an elective position in Makati against Mayor Abigail Binay.

She added that there is also no truth to speculations that the two sons of Pres. Marcos will run in the 2025 elections.

Currently, the President’s eldest son, Sandro, is the congressional representative of Ilocos Norte’s first district.

“Pero sa palagay ko Marites pa lang ito kasi hindi pa naman napag-uusapan ng pamilya. At sa palagay ko hindi naman angkop na sasakupin naming ang buong Pilipinas, labis-labis na nga ang trabaho ni Bongbong sa pagka pangulo,” the senator said.

Marcos visited Leyte province this week to lead the distribution of assistance to people in crisis situations and rice farmers.

About 1,181 rice farmers from seven local government units from Leyte and Samar received cash assistance from the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the distribution held in this city.

The cash assistance distribution was part of the Rice Farmers Financial Assistance of the DA.

Each rice farmer received P5,000 cash assistance as compensation for the projected reduction or loss of farm income arising from the tarrification of the quantitative import restrictions on rice.

The beneficiaries were from the city of Tacloban and the municipalities of Tanauan, Palo, Sta. Fe, and Babatngon, all in Leyte; and Basey and Sta. Rita, both in Samar.

Aside from the distribution of cash assistance to rice farmers, the regional office of the DA also turnover various agricultural interventions like the distribution of assorted vegetable seeds, hybrid and certified rice seeds, and fertilizer discount vouchers in support to the productivity enhancement program worth more than P99 million.

Prior to the distribution of assistance to rice farmers in Tacloban, Sen. Marcos also led the distribution of assistance to individuals in crisis situations in the municipalities of Isabel and Villaba, both in Leyte.

Each of the 1,000 recipients from the two areas received cash assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development amounting to P3,000.(ROEL T. AMAZONA)