PANGASINAN - Vice presidential aspirant Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Friday said the Philippines did not gain anything in the last 30 years after his father was forced to give up his reign in Malacañang during the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.
"It's unfortunate to see that instead of progressing, we have regressed in many ways since 1986," Marcos said during a press conference in the middle of his campaign sortie in Pangasinan.
Marcos, the only son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, said it is only the media and his political detractors who bring up the alleged injustices committed during the reign of his father.
"Kapag ako'y umiikot, ang media lang ang nagtatanong tungkol diyan and when my political detractors bring it up," he said.
"Pero hindi yan ang tinatanong ng mga tao, tinatanong nila yung kawalan ng trabaho, presyo ng mga bilihin."
"Pati pagtatayo ng tulay, titingnan pa kung kaalyado ka," he added, vowing that he will unify the country if he is elected vice president.
Accusations that the older Marcos committed human rights violations and plundered billions of dollars from state coffers during his reign have been hounding the candidacy of the senator.
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But the younger Marcos has insisted that bringing closure to the alleged atrocities committed during the regime of his father is out of his hands.
He said he would apologize if he did something wrong.
''Naiintindihan ko na people are looking for closure, but to provide that closure is not within my hands. Wala sa akin yun eh, hindi ko kayang ibigay sa iyo yun eh,'' he said in an earlier interview on radio dzMM.
''Kung meron akong ginawang pagkakamali, halimbawa meron tayong inimplementa na bagay, polisiya na inilagay na mali, eh 'di syempre, basta't ako ay nagkamali, meron akong sinaktan o may nahirapan sa aking ginawa, eh siyempre ako ay mag-aapologize."
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SUPPORT FROM VARIOUS PARTIES
Meanwhile, Marcos claimed politicians who belong to various parties are supporting his vice presidential bid. He has even been gaining support in the bailiwicks of his political rivals, he said.
"It's a long list," he said, without naming the politicians. "May tinayo na Bicolanos for Bongbong. Yung mga katunggali natin, galing sa Bicol pero I'm getting support in their balwarte."
The Bicolanos among his competitors are Liberal Party's (LP) Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero, United Nationalist Alliance's (UNA) Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan II, and also Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who has some ties in the vote-rich region.
"In Davao, may nabuhay na alyansa, ALDUB. Sabi ko, ano yun, yun daw ay Alyansa ni Duterte at Bongbong. Sabi nila, 'ikaw ang gusto namin eh,'" Marcos added.
He said in his own bailiwick, leaders are also crossing party lines just to support his candidacy.
"Sa La Union, may family feud, pero lahat sila tutulong sa akin. Dito (Pangasinan), your two groups running for governor are both friends of mine and they have said that they will support me."
Marcos is spending two straight days of campaigning in Pangasinan, which has about a million and a half registered voters. But he said he will keep on coming back to solidify the "solid north" votes.
"This is just my first two days. Pangasinan is very critical," he said.
He said that his edge over his competitors is his wide knowledge on economy.
"I have an understanding of how economy works. Distribution of wealth is a very big problem, the evolution of local economy to global economy, I have a big understanding," Marcos said.