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Marcos son on VP bid: 'I will lead a revolution'

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Nearly 3 decades after a peaceful revolution ousted his father, Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr on Saturday, October 10, vowed to lead a new revolution as he launched his vice-presidential bid.

"Sa tulong ninyo at ng bayan, pamumunuan ko ang isang rebolusyon sa puso, isip, at gawa," Marcos said in front of hundreds of supporters in an open-air venue in Intramuros, Manila. (I will lead a revolution in heart, mind, and action.)

"Taos-puso kong tinatanggap ang hamon ng panahon, ang hamon ng bagong henerasyon (I whole-heartedly accept the challenge of the times, the challenge of the new generation)," he added.

Marcos said he chose to launch his candidacy in Intramuros, Manila, once the seat of the Spanish colonial government, to send a message against President Benigno Aquino III.

Marcos said Intramuros symbolized the heroism of Filipinos who fought for the Philippines' independence from Spain.

Unfortunately, the senator said, Aquino’s government is squandering these heroes’ gains. He added that present-day corruption, which "kills" the economy, reminds him of the situation in Spanish-era Philippines, when Filipinos themselves murdered their freedom fighters. 

These heroes include General Antonio Luna, the subject of a recent popular movie that Marcos cited in his speech.

'The revolution is not yet over'

Referring to the revolution against Spain, 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)."

"Ipaglalaban ko ang integridad ng ating mahal na Pilipinas (I will fight for the integrity of our beloved Philippines)," Marcos said.

The senator, however, said nothing about the bloodless People Power Revolution in 1986, which ousted his father, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and catapulted the incumbent President's mother, Corazon Aquino, to the presidency. 

Instead, Marcos used his speech to slam Aquino, who won the presidency in 2010 by citing his parents’ legacy.

His speech echoed the sentiments of opposition standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay, even as he has formally declined Binay’s offer to be his running mate.

Marcos, for one, scored the government for 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) victims. 

Marcos said the Philippine elections in May 2016 is part of the continuing struggle for freedom from poverty. 

Sa susunod na eleksyon sa Mayo, alalahanin natin ang sakripisyo ng ating mga bayani (In the elections in May, let us remember the sacrifces of our heroes),” the dictator’s son said. – Rappler.com

Paterno R. 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.

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