Bongbong Marcos on EDSA revolt: It was politics

Paterno Esmaquel II
Downplaying the 1986 People Power Revolution, Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr says he wants to focus on ‘a revolution to make our country free’

DOWNPLAYING EDSA. Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr (2nd from right) says the People Power Revolution that ousted his father 'was politics.' (L-R): Former First Lady Imelda Marcos, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, and Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – While harping on the Philippine revolution against Spain until 1898, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr said nothing in his speech on Saturday, October 10, about the uprising that ousted his father in 1986.

When asked about the 1986 People Power Revolution, Marcos told reporters on Saturday: “Iba naman ‘yon. Pulitika ‘yon (That’s different. That was politics).”

He then referred to the new revolution he wants for the Philippines. “Ito ay rebolusyon para maging malaya ang ating bansa (This is a revolution to make our country free).”

This comes after Marcos, in a speech launching his vice presidential bid, referred to the anti-Spain movement to slam the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

Marcos spoke before hundreds of supporters, including a mix of personalities such as former Marcos defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile, who helped lead the uprising that ousted the senator’s father.  

In his speech, Marcos also cited the sacrifices of heroes like General Antonio Luna, the subject of a recent popular movie.

‘I will lead a revolution’

Reporters later asked Marcos about allegations that his father masterminded the killings of other Philippine heroes, among them, Senator Benigno Aquino Jr, the father of the incumbent president.

Marcos brushed aside these claims.

Hindi ‘yan ang ating pinag-uusapan. Ang pinag-uusapan natin ay sa kasalukuyan, kung ano ang hinahanap ng ating mga kababayan sa ating mga lider (That’s not what we’re talking about. What we’re talking about is the present, what our countrymen are looking for in our leaders),” he said. (READ: Marcos: Filipinos want solutions, not history talk)

Marcos, for one, delivered a litany of problems hounding the Aquino administration. These include the glitch-ridden Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT3), the death of the Special Action Force troopers or SAF 44 in Maguindanao, the illegal drug problem, and slow government relief for Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors.

Marcos said: “Hindi pa tapos ang rebolusyon. Hindi pa tayo lubos na malaya (The revolution is not yet over. We are not yet truly free).”

He added, “Sa tulong ninyo at ng bayan, pamumunuan ko ang isang rebolusyon sa puso, isip, at gawa.” (I will lead a revolution in heart, mind, and action.) – Rappler.com

Paterno Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.