Filipinos have a good sense of history - Marcos

Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. hit hard against the Aquino presidency during his campaign Wednesday in vote-rich Caloocan City. 

This, after Liberal Party (LP) senatorial candidate Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan criticized martial law, saying it is time to remind the youth about this "dark age" the country's history. 

Pangilinan issued the statement just a couple of days after Marcos, the only son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, figured in a tie with Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero for the top spot in latest vice-presidential survey of Social Weather Stations (SWS). 

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"It's the campaign, it's the same line that the administration party has been trying to force on people. Ang gusto pakinggan ng sambayanan, ano bang nagawa niyo, anong pagbabagong nangyari habang kayo'y nakaupo?" Marcos told reporters after visiting Bagong Silang in Caloocan early Wednesday. 

Marcos said he is confident that the Filipino youth have already discerned what really transpired under his father's administration.

"They have a good sense of history. Alam nila kung ano ang propaganda," he said. "Matalino, ang mga Pilipino, alam nila ang katotohanan, alam nila ang mga nangyari."

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Marcos held a motorcade in this once remote resettlement area in Caloocan. In his speech during a short program prepared by Barangay 176, he condemned the presidency of Benigno Aquino III, which he believes has done nothing to uplift the lives of the Filipinos. 

"Wala nang bagong nangyari, walang serbisyong nararamdaman ang taong bayan," Marcos said in front of hundreds of his cheering supporters in Bagong Silang. 

"Ang tagal na nating naririnig ang mga reklamo pero hanggang ngayon hindi nagbabago, walang solusyon ang pamahalaan," he added, citing MRT problems, rising prices of goods, worsening traffic, and other issues hounding the Aquino government.

It was in the 1970s when the older Marcos declared Bagong Silang as a resettlement site for informal settlers in the country's capital. The senator said it was the first in the country's history of resettlement programs. 

"Dito po naumpisahan ang Urban Land Reform, hindi lang una sa Pilipinas, kundi sa buong mundo. Naipakita namin na maaaring magkalupa ang mga nare-relocate, na maaaring magkahanapbuhay ang mga narerelocate," Marcos said.

He vowed that if he is elected, he will pursue urban land reform for informal settlers. 

Joel Bacolod, captain of Barangay 176, expressed his gratitude to the Marcos family on behalf of his constituents for creating a community such as Bagong Silang.

"Kung wala ang mga Marcos, wala tayo. Ito'y utang na loob natin sa mga Marcoses. Kung hindi dahil sa kanyang ama, wala ang Bagong Silang," Bacolod said.