Marcos says Aquino admin 'took 6-year vacation'

Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Vice-presidential aspirant Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

MANILA - Vice-presidential aspirant Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Tuesday criticized President Benigno Aquino III for supposedly having a "vacation" during his six-year term.

Speaking before leaders of various transport groups, Marcos said the Aquino administration seemingly took time off from providing basic services to the Filipino people, which is why the public cannot feel whatever reforms the government is implementing. 

"Parang nagbakasyon ang gobyerno ng anim na taon," said Marcos. 

"Lahat ng bagay pinupulitika. Kapag may nag-request, titingnan muna kung ito ba ay kaalyado sa pulitika, sumuporta ba ito noong halalan o sa kalaban ito sumuporta."

Marcos also hit the President for allegedly appointing "friends" to top government posts even if they lack the competency to handle the job, citing, for one, Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya.

"Ang kausapin natin yung magagaling, hindi lang yung mga kabarkada. Dapat kausapin yung mga taong nauunawaan ang problema," he said.

After , power went out in the venue. "Mukhang may tinamaan sa sinabi ko ah," the senator quipped.

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Marcos went on to criticize the Aquino administration for failing to solve the country's traffic problems, which have already affected the daily income of those in the transportation sector.

"Sabi ng World Bank, P2 billion ang nawawaldas dahil sa traffic. Hindi maaaring tanggapin na sasabihin lang nilang sign of progress ito. Imbes na magdahilan, gawan na lang nila ng solusyon. Ang hirap sa administrasyong ito, puro salita, walang nagagawa."

Marcos' candidacy was endorsed today by various transport groups including Pasang Masda, PBOA, UV Express Association, FEDJODAP, TODA, ACTO, LTOP, and Philippine Truckers Association. 

Marcos was officially presented by the transport group leaders during their National Public Land Transport Summit in Quezon City. The leaders also endorsed four senatorial candidates, namely Martin Romualdez, Joel Villanueva, Francis Tolentino, and Samuel Pagdilao.

NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNS

Meanwhile, Marcos believes the negative campaigns against him, as well as the personal attacks by his political rivals, have propelled him to be on top of the latest ABS-CBN survey conducted by Pulse Asia.

He explained that while his rivals were concentrated on pulling him down through issues on martial law and human rights violations during the reign of his father, he, on the other hand, was addressing the major concerns of the people on the delivery of social services.

"Maliwanag na ang hinihintay ng mga tao marinig ay ang mga tunay na programa at mga paninindigan para makapili ng mabuti ang ating mga kababayan," said Marcos.

"Sinisikap ko na hindi ako mapasama sa mga negative politics. Dapat ang iniisip lang natin ay kung paano pagagandahin ang serbisyo sa taong bayan," he added.

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Marcos is hoping that his momentum will carry on in the last three weeks of campaign. "Ipagpapatuloy lang namin ang aming mga gagawin, patuloy ang pagbigkas ng mensahe," he said. 

"Three weeks na lang, at aming pinapatibay ang aming organisasyon. May mga grupo na naghahanap na ng paraan para mandaya," Marcos said.

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