Marcos as VP 'dangerous,' says Bello

Magno Ardenia, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s rise to power is dangerous as it can reunite the now fragmented Marcos loyalists and can be a basis for a coup d'etat, a senatorial candidate said.

Speaking on ANC’s Headstart, former Akbayan congressman and senatorial hopeful Walden Bello said it is disturbing that Marcos, son of former president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos, is gaining more support for his vice presidential candidacy as shown by a recent survey.

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“I think this is very disturbing and I think that you do have the old Marcos loyalists or the revanchists around. They’re in the government, they’re in the dynasties, they’re in different places. I think this is dangerous because this network is something that is now fragmented but Bongbong can unite and it can be the basis for a presidential coup just like in 1972 and I think this trend is dangerous,” he said.

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Bello said the senator's adamant attitude towards human rights victims of the Martial Law period is contrary to what his advertisements say that "hindi ako ang aking nakaraan [I am not my past]."

“He dismisses the human rights compensation victim na pera-pera lang daw yun [it's all about the money]. I was shocked when he said that because he's dismissing all their sufferings and why they needed compensation," he said.

He also pointed out that Marcos continues to deny allegations their family gained tremendous wealth during his father's term.

"He has denied allegations about the fabulous wealth that the Marcos family was able to accumulate during this whole period of the dictatorship, saying that they really don’t have any money," he said.

He also refuted Marcos' claim that the country's economy was at its peak during the Marcos era.

"He’s saying that the economics of the Marcos period were a golden age, which is not true. I mean he, the father, left us with $26 billion [debt]...We're still paying off the Marcos debt,” Bello added.

MOVEMENT VS MARCOS

Victims of martial law earlier launched a movement to stop Marcos from winning the vice presidential race. The initiative is called CARMMA or Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to MalacaƱang.

Left-leaning groups such as SELDA, Desaparecidos, Bayan, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), and other victims of human rights abuses said they are opposed to the younger Marcos as vice president because "he is not guiltless as he presents [himself] to be."

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"Hindi namin hahayaan na manumbalik ang mga Marcos sa MalacaƱang through a presidential bid. Pag nanalo yan bilang VP, isang hakbang na lang ay presidente na," SELDA Chairperson Marie Hilao-Enriquez said.

The groups believe Marcos and his family have a bottomless war chest that he can use to win the vice presidency.

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