May 8 - The Philippines' former first lady Imelda Marcos' congress re-election bid is helped by diminishing recollection of atrocities committed during her husband's dictatorship. Michaela Cabrera reports.
Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos says she's not so much into shoes these days. Seeking a second term as congresswoman in Ilocos Norte province -- she hit the campaign trail recently - singing, doling out gifts, and reliving the glory of her husband's regime. The Marcoses, including Imelda's children, have successfully mounted a political comeback since they returned from exile. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER FIRST LADY OF THE PHILIPPINES IMELDA MARCOS SAYING: "All I want is to connect the little clout that I have with government, and I will use for the good of the little people." At 83, Marcos has not lost her charm, and the people of Ilocos Norte, largely in denial of atrocities committed during martial law, are happy to vote her back into power. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) MARCOS SUPPORTER SAYING: "She gives us anything we ask for. That's why she's our idol." Her flagship local project is what she calls 'mothering centers,' that provide health services, education facilities and livelihood training. She portrays herself as 'Mother Imelda', doting on her constituents. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIRPERSON OF COMMISSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND MARTIAL LAW VICTIM ETTA ROSALES SAYING: "I think that they're doing this because they want to vindicate their name, the Marcos. They want to show the people, they are not at all remorseful." Human rights activists are fighting to keep the excesses of the Marcos regime in the spotlight, but plunder and abuse cases against the Marcoses are languishing while Imelda's return to power is adding insult to injury for those who suffered during her husband's rein.