Trillanes urges voters: Take a second look at Bongbong

Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

BULACAN - Vice presidential candidate Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday urged voters to take a second look at his rival Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., particularly his stand on the dark ages of his father's administration.

"Ano ba ang kaniyang pagkatao, ang pamamaraan sa pamamahala? Kung sa tingin niyo ginagaya niya ang tatay nya, huwag niyo iboto," Trillanes said.

"Sinasabi niya na uulitin niya (Marcos leadership), panghahawakan natin yun. While we do not attach history to him, pero sinabi niya gagayahin niya eh," he added.

Trillanes also reminded the public on how the younger Marcos voted during the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona.

"Noong senador siya, ano bang nagawa niya, paano ba siya bumoto sa mga issues, halimbawa yung kay Corona? He voted to acquit," Trillanes noted.

"Baka naman nasa Napoles list," he added. Marcos Jr. was one of the senators who were alleged to have transacted with Janet Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the pork barrel scam.

Trillanes, however, said he believes that there is no need for the younger Marcos to apologize on behalf of his father, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

"It's difficult to impose to say sorry, it won't change anything. Yun ang paniwala ng pamilya nila na maganda noong panahon nila," he said.

"But the facts are documented, yung mga nangyari talaga noon, and we have to acknowledge that dahil kapag hindi, uulit at uulit yan."

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ON EDSA PEOPLE POWER REVOLT

Meanwhile, Trillanes said frustrations over the current social problems have diverted the attention of the public, especially the youth, away from the true meaning and spirit of the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986.

This, he said, is probably the reason why the Marcoses are seemingly returning to power, close enough to returning to MalacaƱang.

He said the Aquino government is partly to blame for the return of the Marcoses.

"Ang reason kaya nanunumbalik ang ganyang sentimyento, maraming frustration sa present administration," Trillanes said. "Ang hindi nare-realize ng iba, iba ang problema noon."

"Nae-equate kasi, lalo na ng mga kabataan, na buti pa daw nung panahon ni Marcos wala masyado krimen. Pero hindi nila naabutan yun, puro kwento lang. Mas malala pa sa traffic ang problema noon, freedom 'yun."

Trillanes said the youth should have been taught more about the martial law era in schools.

"Hindi tayo dapat pikit mata sa mga atrocities noon, ang plunder sa bayan. Kung maayos talaga noon, dapat wala tayong problema ngayon," Trillanes said.

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