MANILA, Philippines - Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is willing to discuss his views on the 1986 People Power Revolution with people who reacted negatively to his opinion that the Philippines would have been more progressive today had his father not been ousted from power.
"If people don't agree … maybe we will discuss it over a cup of coffee one day," Marcos told reporters on Wednesday.
President Benigno Aquino III himself reacted to issue on Wednesday, noting that Marcos should check his figures.
“Alam niyo ang Edsa kasi ang hinahabol natin pagkakaisa, makikipagbangayan ba ako sa kanya?...Tingnan na lang ninyo kung magkano po iyong ating foreign debt noong nag-umpisa ang panunungkulan ng kanyang ama. At noong '74 or so, nasa daang milyon lang po ang pinag-uusapan e. Noong pag-alis po nila, nasa bilyon na tayo at maraming bilyon. So, paano naman natin masasabing Singapore na tayo,” he said on the sidelines of an event at the Rizal High School.
Asked if he's also willing to have a cup of coffee with President Aquino, the senator only said: “That would be fine with me."
Marcos on Tuesday said the Philippines would have been like Singapore, one of Asia's Tiger economies, if the plans of his father pushed through. He said among these are massive industrialization and infrastructure development.
"The reason I said that is because I saw the plans. I knew what the government had planned to do. Had those plans been fulfilled, then we would have been equal, at least economically, with all the so-called Tiger economies," Marcos said. – with a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News