PANGASINAN - "God, no!" This was the emphatic answer of vice- presidential aspirant Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. when asked if he would want to see a repeat of martial law in the country.
"If there is martial law, that means there is a crisis in our country. Ayaw natin mapasok ang Pilipinas sa krisis," Marcos said during a press conference in the middle of his campaign in Pangasinan on Friday.
He said times have changed, and he has no reason to copy whatever his father, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, did.
"That's 30 years ago, ibang-iba na ang mundo, ibang-iba na ang Pilipinas. Kailangan tingnan din naman ang sitwasyon, hindi basta't gagayahin kung ano ang nakaraan," he said.
President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday campaigned against the younger Marcos during the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution, asking the Filipino people not to allow the return of the Marcoses, especially the senator, who would be just a stone's throw away from the presidency if he wins the vice-presidential race.
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"Hindi na kailangan sagutin yan, pabayaan na sa mga tao ang kanyang mga sinasabi," the younger Marcos said of the President's statement. "Paubaya na natin ang kasaysayan sa mga propesor."
"I'm flattered by the attention, yung presidente natin mahal na mahal ako... I feel loved and cared for," he quipped.
According to Marcos, there is nothing to fear if another Marcos sets foot in Malacañang.
"Ano ikakatakot sa amin? Mababait naman tayong lahat," he said, stressing that it would not be "like father, like son" if ever he assumes the country's second top post.
"He is a president (Ferdinand Marcos), and I'm just a vice president. I cannot do things the president can," he added.
The vice-presidential candidate, however, belittled Aquino's tirade against his family, saying they do not expect it to have a major impact on his campaign.
"Wala kasi kaming nararamdaman na ganun, ang suporta ng mga tao ganon pa rin kainit," said Marcos.
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Marcos, meanwhile, said that if he is elected vice president, he will not recommend the abolition of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), but will ask that his family not be singled out.
"Not necessarily, pero huwag yung selective justice, huwag yung isang pamilya lang. Lahat ng sangkot sa katiwalian, habulin din nila," he said.
Marcos campaigned in the towns of Umingan, Balungao and San Quintin in vote-rich Pangasinan on Friday, his fourth in less than three weeks since the campaign period started on February 9.
The senator is solidifying what is known as the "Solid North" before plunging into other provinces south of the country.