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Journal Online - Marcos slams harassment of supporters

News & Interviews
4 March 2016

By Bernadette Tamayo | Journal Online

Journal OnlineVice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. deplored the alleged political pressure on some local government officials to prevent them from openly supporting his candidacy.

Marcos said Thursday that some political party leaders are reportedly “preventing” their local members from supporting him.

He did not say though who or what party was stopping their members from backing him but said they were many. “Not just one, marami,” said Marcos.

“Well, ayaw kong ilagay sa alanganin ang ating mga quiet supporter pero marami pa sila at kahit na minsan ay pinagbabawalan sila ng kanilang political bosses,” he said in an ambush interview in Biñan, Laguna.

Marcos said that he will continue to campaign for “national unity” and not let the negative campaigning affect him.

“Mayroon talagang mga bumabatikos. Mayroon talagang sumusuporta. Ang aming inaasahan mas marami ang supporter kaysa mga bumabatikos. Kaya tayo nangangampanya,” he said.

Asked on to comment about President Benigno Aquino’s active campaigning for Liberal Party standard bearer former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and his running mate Rep. Leni Robredo, Marcos said: “Whatever he would like to do, that’s his prerogative as a citizen.”

“Again, that’s not surprising. He has been consistent in his positions. My response to that is that I will just continue to campaign. After all, lagi kong sinasabi ang tao ang maghuhusga,” he said.

He said that despite the political pressure, he is still being warmly welcomed by the people with many attending his speaking engagements in their areas and expressing their support.

“Kaya nakakatuwa naman. Bukod pa roon nakikita namin ang reaksiyon ng taumbayan. Siyempre nakakatuwa pa rin at mainit pa rin ang salubong sa akin,” said Marcos.

He said his own political party, the Nacionalista Party (NP), has not made a decision on whom to support because to do so may split the party. “Kaya independent ako nag-file dahil talagang hindi namili,” he said.

“Ayaw ng aming pangulo na si Senator Manny (Villar) na mamili ng kandidato yung partido. Baka magkahiwahiwalay. Magfactionalize ang partido. Ayaw niya nun,” he said.

Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano, two other members of the NP, are vying for the vice presidency.