An attorney for Imelda Marcos says the former first lady of the Philippines wants to return to her homeland and run for president.

"They are literally forcing her to be a position where she's going to have to run for the presidency," James Linn said Tuesday. "She believes the country is in dire straits."Linn said Marcos will apply for a passport at the Philippine Consulate on Thursday, despite orders from Philippine President Corazon Aquino on Tuesday that consular officials reject her application.

Aquino said Marcos and her family members are ineligible to return "until their names have been stricken off the list of disqualified persons from obtaining travel documents."