Comeback of a Dictator’s Widow

May 11, 2010 Updated: May 11, 2010

Imelda Marcos, widow of the deposed Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, won a seat in the 269-member Philippine House of Representatives on May 11. Imelda Marcos, the former first lady, made her political comeback more than 20 years after fleeing to Hawaii in 1986.

She had to leave the Philippines with her relatives after an uprising which toppled the family from power. Her husband, accused of stealing billions of dollars, died in Hawaii in 1989.

Despite being reprimanded in the past for owning a huge collection of shoes, the 80-year old Imelda got a seat in the nationally-elected Senate and can thus become—as she puts it—a grandmother for the Philippines.