Vice presidential aspirant and long-time Martial Law adversary Walden Bello came out blasting during an interview broadcast live Thursday night, October 21, spewing vitriol at the dictator’s son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Marcos Jr is a presidential aspirant in the coming May 2022 elections.
“This is a family that has raped the country. It has not apologized to the country and he now wants to rape the country again. F**k you, Marcos!” Bello said in an interview with Christian Esguerra on ANC’s After the Fact. “I mean, come on, these guys are jokers. Especially the biggest joke of all ay si (is) Marcos.”
An hour after the interview, Bello Tweeted he did not regret dissing Marcos Jr.
Bello was interviewed in the program along with their standard bearer, labor leader Ka Leody de Guzman.
Bello is a retired University of the Philippines professor and co-coordinated the Anti-Martial Law Coalition. He also announced that he ran to fight the “greatest peril” of the country, which he dubbed as the “Marcos-Duterte Axis of Evil.”
The vice presidential aspirant also stressed that his tandem with De Guzman was founded in “blood, sweat, and tears,” unlike Marcos Jr.
“Sabi nga ni [Winston] Churchill nung Second World War. ‘Yong statement niya na ‘blood, sweat, and tears,’ ‘yon lang daw maipapangako niya. Gano’n din ‘yong sinasabi namin ngayon. And that is why people see us as genuine, hindi itong mga tarantadong politiko na tumatakbo ngayon kagaya ni Bongbong Marcos, who’s just out for himself,” the vice presidential aspirant added.
(Just like what Churchill said during the Second World War. His statement was, ‘blood, sweat, and tears,’ was all he could promise. We’re also promising the same thing. And that is why people see us as genuine, unlike other foolish politicians who are running today like Bongbong Marcos, who’s just out for himself.)
Tirades vs other presidential aspirants
Aside from Bongbong, Bello launched into a tirade against other presidential aspirants.
“Isko Moreno is papogi-pogi lang ‘yan, okay? (Isko Moreno tries to look good only, okay?),” Bello said, commenting on Moreno’s presidential bid.
Bello, a former congressional representative of Akbayan and former chairperson of the House committee on overseas workers’ affairs, also commented on Manny Pacquiao’s “absenteeism” in Congress.
“Alam mo si Manny Pacquiao, Christian, co-chair ko ‘yan sa overseas workers affairs committee sa Congress. For five years, sumipot lang ‘yan sa isang meeting, okay? At hindi niya alam kung ano’ng gagawin niya. I gave him instructions [on what] to do doon sa meeting itself. Can you trust a guy who doesn’t show up for work for five years? Iniwan sa akin ‘yung trabaho,” Bello said.
(You know Manny Pacquiao, Christian, was my co-chair in the overseas workers affairs committee in Congress. For five years, he only attended one meeting, okay? And he didn’t know what to do. I gave him instructions on what to do in the meeting itself. Can you trust a guy who doesn’t show up for work for five years? He left all the work to me.)
At the end of the 16th Congress in 2016, Pacquiao was named as the top absentee among the lawmakers in the House of Representatives. The boxer-turned-politician was absent for 22 times in the House’s plenary sessions from July 27, 2015 to June 6, 2016.
Bello also questioned Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson: “And of course, si Ping Lacson, sabi na raw niya, opposition ngayon. Eh he was the top agent sa Senate ni President Duterte doon sa anti-terrorism act. Opposition ba ‘yan?“
(And of course, Ping Lacson, he said he was an opposition now but he was the top agent of President Duterte in the Senate for the anti-terrorism act. Is he an opposition?)”
Lacson was the sponsor of the anti-terror law in the Senate. – Rappler.com