PNoy: Despite Marcos revisionism, Leni will still win

Pia Regalado, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III believes many young people were swayed by Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr.'s revision of Philippine history.

In a press conference Thursday, Aquino cited as proof the 13 million votes cast for the son of the late dictator in the May 9 vice-presidential race.

Former President Marcos ruled the country from 1965 until the Marcoses were ousted from office via a military-backed civilian uprising. The Marcoses were accused of human rights abuses and of amassing $5-$10 billion in ill-gotten wealth.

"Parang napapasok ang isang paa, ini-swallow na ang buong propaganda. Siguro 'yung kabilang side, napaka-late na namin na-recognize na baka nga maraming naligaw dito," he said.

Based on the partial and unofficial results from the Commission on Election (Comelec)'s transparency server on May 18, Marcos garnered 13,803,966 votes. He was second to Liberal Party's vice-presidential bet Rep. Leni Robredo, who was ahead with 14,023,093 votes.

Congress was still canvassing the votes for president and vice president on Thursday.

The President said people who experienced Martial Law may have misread how future generations would look at the 20-year rule of Marcos, who died in exile in 1989.

"Maybe those of us who experienced the Martial Law years failed to take into account na, in a sense, especially for the millennials, it's kinda difficult to imagine that such a period like Martial Law actually happened in the country," he said.

He shared that some people might find it hard to understand how information was controlled during martial law, especially now that everyone has easy access to the internet.

Aquino compared the martial law period to the George Orwell book, 1984, where every piece of information was controlled and manipulated by the government.

He also said that some people see Martial Law as a theory rather than fact.


Despite the millions of votes for Marcos, Aquino is still confident that Robredo will win.

"What is more important is, sa huling sukatan, ang aming kandidato na walang planong mangandidato, na 1% nag-umpisa na parang 70% [lang] ang awareness, ay manalo."

Last February, Aquino campaigned against Marcos in his People Power speech, criticizing calls describing martial law as a "Golden Age" for the Philippines. 

He also warned against bringing another Marcos to the seat of power, and urged the youth to remember the lessons of the past.