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BBM PRESIDENCY TO REVIVE GLORY DAYS OF THE COUNTRY — SENIOR CITIZENS

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6 December 2021

SENIOR CITIZENS who have experienced the administration of former president Ferdinand Edralin Marcos Sr. said it was the glory days in Philippine history, and only a unifying BBM presidency could usher the country's return to its former grandeur and a progressive new era.

Speaking at the "Pulong-pulong sa Pagbabago" forum in Caloocan City, Adriano Garduce, 72, said, "too much politics spawned by some people and groups with varied vested interests had left the country reeling and economically drained after 1986."

"What happened after the Marcoses left the country? Countless coups, untenable power struggle from politicians, and economic uncertainty stunted the growth of the nation. We were known as the ‘Tiger of Asia’ then, now we are just a country trying to stay afloat economically and our sovereignty is threatened," Garduce said, as he recounts the achievements of the father of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.

Another senior citizen grudgingly said that a lot of those who have been criticizing the previous administration are hypocrites "who enjoyed the accomplishments of the ‘older’ Marcos but are too stubborn to admit that it was the finest moment in Philippine history."

The elderlies were quick to note the infrastructure projects of the former president – from the feeder roads in the provinces to the highways and byways that connected the archipelago and the relative peace and order situation that the communist insurgents were trying to downgrade.

Adela Ciriaco, 68, said former first lady Imelda Marcos was instrumental in bringing to the people the caring hands of the government with her construction of hospitals, buildings, and various projects, not to mention the Kadiwa rolling stores, Green Revolution, and the highly praised Masagana 99."

"It took only the televised execution of one drug lord, Lim Seng, to end the proliferation of drugs in the country. No killings. Just one drug lord. The modernization of our transport system… These were all accomplishments of Bongbong's father. I challenge you to deny that," an emotional Ciriaco said.

She added that if it were not for the remittances of the countless overseas Filipino workers, the country would have gone bankrupt a long time ago.

“And who opened the Middle East market for our professional, skilled and labor workers? Marcos! After he established our embassies in those countries!” another senior citizen recalled.

In the end, the senior citizens agreed that it is never too late for the Filipinos to dream of a better life after the pandemic and only another Marcos presidency is the answer to all the problems hounding the nation.

"He (Bongbong) was there when everything was unfolding and he saw what his father did. Only he understands his father's vision, and he is the only one capable of picking up the broken pieces of his father's legacy with his call to unify the country," Garduce said.

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FILIPINO VERSION

GININTUANG PANAHON NG ‘PINAS MANUNUMBALIK KAY BBM - SENIOR CITIZENS

Para sa mga mamamayang sumailalim sa pamamalakad ni dating Pangulong Ferdinand E. Marcos, ang administrasyon nito ang mga ginintuang panahon sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas, na pinaniniwalaang sa mapagkaisang pamamalakad lamang na dala ni Partido Federal ng Pilipinas PFP) standard bearer Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. manunumbalik ang pamamayagpag ng bansa at magdadala rito ng higit pang kaunlaran.

Sa isinagawang "Pulong-pulong sa Pagbabago" forum sa Caloocan City, idinaing ni Adriano Garduce, 72, na napagiwanan ang Pilipinas dahil sa pamumulitika at vested interest ng mga sumunod na administrasyon mula 1986.

"What happened after the Marcoses left the country? Countless coups, untenable power struggle from politicians, and economic uncertainty stunted the growth of the nation. We were known as the ‘Tiger of Asia’ then, now we are just a country trying to stay afloat economically and our sovereignty is threatened," aniya habang inisa-isa ang mga nagawa ni Pang. Marcos na ama ni Bongbong.

Binansagan namang ipokrito ng iba pang senior citizens ang mga kritiko ng Marcos administration na nakikinabang sa mga nagawa ng dating pangulo ngunit itinatangging ang panahon niya ang “finest moment in Philippine history."

Pinuri ng mga senior citizen ang mga infrastructure projects ni Pang. Marcos, gaya ng mga expressways, highways at byways na nagdugtong-dugtong sa mga isla ng Pilipinas.  Tinukoy rin nila ang peace and order situation noong panahon niya na pilit na winawasak noon ng mga rebeldeng komunista.

Para naman kay Adela Ciriaco, 68, si dating First Lady Imelda Marcos, na nagpagawa ng mga ospital, mga gusaling pangkultura, pabahay, Kadiwa rolling stores, at iba pa, at naglungsad ng mga proyektong gaya ng Green Revolution at Masagana ‘99, ang mapagkalinga at mapagmahal na Ina ng Bayan.

"It took only the televised execution of one drug lord, Lim Seng, to end the proliferation of drugs in the country. No killings. Just one drug lord. The modernization of our transport system… these were all accomplishments of Bongbong's father. I challenge you to deny that," ayon kay Ciriaco na lubhang naging emosyonal.

Dagdag pa ni Ciriaco na kung hindi dahil sa mga remittances ng libo-libong mga overseas Filipino workers, matagal nang nabangkarote ang Pilipinas dahil sa mga sumunod na namuno.

“And who opened the Middle East market for our professional, skilled and labor workers? Marcos! After he established our embassies in those countries!” sagot naman ng isa pang senior citizen.

Nagkaisa rin ang mga senior citizens na hindi pa huli para mangarap ang mga Pilipino ng mas magandang buhay pagkatapos ng kasalukuyang pandemya at si Bongbong lamang ang kasagutan sa lahat ng problemang kinahaharap ng bansa.

"He (Bongbong) was there when everything was unfolding and he saw what his father did. Only he understands his father's vision, and he is the only one capable of picking up the broken pieces of his father's legacy with his call to unify the country," pagdidiin ni Garduce.

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