Bongbong denies peddling lies about Marcos regime

Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

BULACAN - Vice-Presidential aspirant, Sen. Bongbong Marcos, on Thursday denied that he is distorting the truth when it comes to the rule of his father during Martial Law.

"What is deceitful, ano ang sinabi ko na hindi tama, na hindi totoo? Iyan ang gusto ko malaman, hindi ako sinungaling na tao," he said.

Marcos was reacting to the statement of professors from the Department of History of the University of the Philippines (UP) who called on Filipinos to be critical in evaluating the past, and to avoid falling for the trap of a "mythical golden past" as pictured by the only son and namesake of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

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In a statement released Wednesday, the UP Department of History reacted to what it called a "deceptive nostalgia for a past that never really existed," referring to the belief that the Marcos regime brought peace and prosperity to the country.

"I'm not trying to deceive anyone. I'm not changing history, bakit ngayon lang lumalabas iyan? Dahil panahon ng kampanya," Marcos said.

In his latest attack against the younger Marcos, President Benigno Aquino III said the vice-presidential aspirant won't get the support of the youth sector since the younger generation is learning about injustices during Martial Law.

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Marcos dismissed this statement from the president, saying this is far from the truth.

"Iyon ang kanyang opinyon. Iyon ang kanyang inaasahan, pero so far maganda response, lalo na sa mga kabataan," he said.

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Marcos noted that some of his programs since he started public service were for the benefit of the youth.

"Importanteng sektor sa akin iyan. Iyan ang inuna ko. Iyung National Youth Commission, ako ang author ng batas na iyan, pati yung sa mga Sangguniang Kabataan, lahat ng youth issues, ako ang nangunguna dyan," Marcos stressed.


With just around 40 days left before the election, Marcos feels that he is on track to winning the vice-presidency.

"Sa palagay ko, maganda ang chance, sa mga internal survey maganda, at sa aking nakikita hindi lang maganda kung 'di gumaganda pa ang chance na manalo tayo sa Mayo," Marcos said.

Marcos today campaigned in Bulacan, which has more than a million voters. He barnstormed the towns of Calumpit, Malolos, Plaridel, Pulilan, Baliuag and Norzagaray.

Marcos claimed that several local officials belonging to other political parties have expressed support for him. He, however, refused to name them.

"Iyong mga nane-name ko tinatawagan at napapagalitan ng kanilang partido," Marcos said.