LOOK: People Power Monument vandalized with 'Marcos pa rin!'

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Posted at Mar 15 2016 02:07 PM | Updated as of Mar 15 2016 09:33 PM

This could be part of black propaganda against me, Bongbong says

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - Less than a month after the country celebrated the 30th anniversary of the People Power Revolution, the People Power Monument along EDSA was defaced.

A photo taken by Bayan Patroller BJ David on Tuesday morning shows the monument vandalized with the phrase "MARCOS PA RIN!"

The graffiti has been scrubbed clean as of posting.

In a statement, the EDSA People Power Commission (EPPC) condemned the act, saying the person who vandalized the monument should have resorted to other means of self-expression.

"While we in the EPPC respect the vandal's right to self-expression, it is regrettable that the monument, which is deeply valued by millions of Filipinos, has to be desecrated to convey the vandal's own political thoughts," the commission said.

"The act of vandalism, however, cannot tarnish our devotion to the gains of People Power. The Monument may have been sullied, but we still commit our enduring faith to uphold justice, human rights, and our democracy."

The incident occurred just as candidates in the national elections are in the thick of campaigning.

The monument was one of the venues for the 30th anniversary celebration of the bloodless revolution. During the revolution's commemoration, President Aquino lambasted vice-presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. for failing to apologize for atrocities during the dictatorship of his father, Ferdinand Sr.

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The senator called the incident "unfortunate," saying it could be part of black propaganda meant to stoke negative sentiment against his candidacy.

The younger Marcos has caught up with consistent frontrunner Sen. Francis Escudero in the vice-presidential pre-election surveys. Anti-Marcos activists have said they would do everything to prevent Marcos from winning the second highest post in the land, which is a hearbeat away from the presidency.

"This incident is unfortunate as it tends to inflame passions and cause a deep divide that is the polar opposite of the message of national unity that I have been working hard to spread to our people," Marcos said.

"I appeal to all fellow candidates and our respective supporters to elevate the political discussions to enable the Filipino people to make an informed and intelligent choice of new leaders who have presented workable platforms designed to bring progress, peace and prosperity for our country."