Imelda’s Dream Fulfilled As Family Regains Power

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Decades after fleeing the Philippines with bags and boxes stuffed with jewels, gold and cash, former first lady Imelda Marcos has achieved her ultimate ambition: her son winning the presidency.

The frail but flamboyant 92-year-old matriarch has been the driving force in the family’s comeback from exile to the peak of power in the 9 May polls.

President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos has described his mother as “the supreme politician in the family”, one who wields a “very big influence”.

Known for her lavish spending, Imelda symbolises the greed of her husband Ferdinand Marcos’s dictatorship, which ended in 1986 after a popular revolt ousted him.

An estimated US$10 billion was stolen from state coffers over the course of his brutal and corrupt 20-year rule that left the country impoverished.

During that time, Imelda collected diamonds, art masterpieces and thousands of shoes, insisting her taste for luxury was meant to inspire her desperately poor…

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