ABRA – Vice-presidential bet Senator Ferdinand ''Bongbong'' Marcos Jr. on Wednesday said he will not follow in the footsteps of his father, the late strongman former President Ferdinand Marcos.
"Hindi ako naging politiko para gayahin ang aking ama," Marcos said in front of hundreds of local leaders of Abra province gathered in the newly built Abra gymnasium at the capital Bangued.
''Ang aking ama natapos ang administrasyon 30 years ago. Ibang iba na ang Pilipinas. Ibang-iba na ang mundo. Ibang-iba na ang mga Pilipino."
The younger Marcos has been criticized for refusing to apologize for the human rights violations committed during the reign of his father.
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Nonetheless, he said he still adheres to his father's principles, particularly the vision for nation building.
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"Lagi niya sinasabi pagandahin ang Pilipinas, pagtibayin ang ekonomiya," he said.
Marcos spent the day in Ilocos Sur and Abra trying to cement the vaunted "Solid North" votes for the May 2016 polls. He, however, is campaigning alone for the Santiago-Marcos tandem a day after their proclamation rally in Batac, Ilocos Norte.
Marcos is expected to continue his campaign in Region 1 for the rest of the week. He will visit the provinces of La Union and Pangasinan, which are vote-rich areas in the region.