Michael Marcos Keon

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Michael Marcos Keon
Mayor of Laoag
Assumed office
30 June 2019
Vice MayorVicentito M. Lazo
Preceded byChevylle V. Fariñas
Governor of Ilocos Norte
In office
30 June 2007 – 30 June 2010
Preceded byBongbong Marcos
Succeeded byImee Marcos
4th President of the Philippine Olympic Committee
In office
1981–1984
Preceded byJulian Malonso (provisional)
Succeeded byJose Sering
Personal details
Born (1954-09-22) September 22, 1954 (age 65)
ParentsMichael Keon Sr.
Elizabeth Marcos-Keon
Known forFirst Executive Director of Project Gintong Alay
(1979–1986)

Michael Edward Marcos Keon (born 22 September 1954) is a Filipino politician. Keon is the son of Australian journalist Michael James Keon and Elizabeth E. Marcos-Keon, governor of Ilocos Norte from 1971 to 1983 and the nephew of former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos.[citation needed]

His mother, the first female vice-governor and governor of Ilocos Norte, was the sister of former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos. His father worked for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization and had a hand in setting up the International Rice Research Institute in Los Baños, Laguna. His father also joined the historic 10,000-km. "Long March" with Mao Zedong during the Chinese Revolution, covering the monumental event for the Chicago Daily Tribune.[citation needed]

Before entering politics, Keon worked in the sports sector as director of the Gintong Alay program. This project was launched on October 31, 1979 and was intended to ensure the success of Philippine sports to promote and ultimately to achieve gold medals in international events.[1]

Political Career[edit]

He served as provincial governor of Ilocos Norte from 2007-2010. He was preceded by cousin, Bongbong Marcos and was succeeded by Imee Marcos.

He initially planned to run as mayor of Laoag for 2013 elections but withdrew after Bongbong Marcos convinced him to withdrew his candidacy in favor of Chevylle Fariñas.

In 2019 elections, he again ran for the same position; this time with the support of the Marcos clan. He defeated the incumbent mayor Chevylle Fariñas. His victory signaled the end of decades-old rule of the Fariñas clan in the city.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Keon: From sports to politics, Manila Standard Today, May 19, 2007.