Cayetano visits Marcos bailiwick, warns vs historical amnesia

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MANILA - Vice presidential candidate Sen. Alan Peter Cayateno on Saturday visited the Ilocos Region, a known bailiwick of his rival and fellow Nacionalista Party member, Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Cayetano did not hesitate to comment on the issues hounding the younger Marcos, who is currently leading voter popularity surveys despite being bombarded with criticisms over his refusal to apologize for the atrocities during the dictatorship of his father, Ferdinand Sr.

READ: Bongbong on Marcos era: What am I to say sorry for?

Cayetano said Filipinos should not forget their past so they would avoid repeating mistakes.

"Magbabago lang ang ating bansa kung nakakatingin tayo sa ating pinanggalingan," he said.

Nonetheless, he reiterated his non-combative stance that the sins of the older Marcos should not be visited upon his son.

''Ako ang unang magsasabi na lahat ng tama na ginawa ng mga Marcos ay pasalamatan natin. Pero lahat ng mali huwag din nating basta makalimutan. Hindi ba, ako mismo nagsabi na 'di kasalanan ni Senator Bongbong ang kasalanan ng tatay," he said.

The senator, meanwhile, also hopes Ilocanos would still support him, saying he too has Ilocano blood.

''Alam ko po naman na ang gusto niyo na susunod na maging bise presidente at future president ay isang Ilokano... pero ang mga Cayetano po ay may dugo din na Ilokano dahil tubo kame sa San Carlos, Pangasinan,'' he said.

Cayetano continues to trail in pre-election surveys.

Sen. Francis Escudero and Sen. Marcos dominated the February 15-20 Pulse Asia survey, getting 29% and 26%. The two were statistically tied.

Liberal Party's Leni Robredo got 19%. She is followed by Cayetano, who got 12%.

Despite his poor performance, Cayetano is not losing hope. He is confident his survey numbers will still go up as the election nears.

"Nagbabago pa ang tao. Ang survey dapat sumusunod sa tao. Hindi ang tao ang sumusunod sa survey, 'di ba?" he said.

The senator, meanwhile, met with empanada makers, kalesa riders and local tour guides along the famous Calle Crisologo in Vigan. 

He said he will push for the creation of a Department of Arts, Culture and History should he win the elections.

''Lalo po na mapapalawig ang kulturang Pinoy, at regional culture and arts natin at turismo na magbibigay ng trabaho sa atin,'' he said.

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