Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. today said objective assessment of his father’s rule is better left to historians and that instead of focusing on the past, our leaders should strive to find solutions to the problems besetting the country today.
“Kailangan sagutin natin ang taong bayan pagka sinasabi tulungan ninyo kami dito sa mga bagay-bagay na ito, dito sa problemang hinaharap namin--and that is still what we should be doing,” said Marcos in a press briefing in Balungao town in Pangasinan.
Marcos made the statement when reporters pressed him to comment on President Aquino’s call for the people to oppose his vice presidential bid, saying the people should learn from the lessons of the past.
“Ipaubaya natin ang kasaysayan sa mga propesor, sa mga nag-aaral tungkol sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas. Kami hindi namin trabaho yun. Ang trabaho namin ay tingnan kung ano ba ang pangangailangan ng taong bayan ngayon,” he added.
Marcos said today’s situation is vastly different from the situation three decades ago and so current problems require solutions different from what were done in the past.
In fact, Marcos categorically said he does not relish the idea of witnessing another declaration of martial law in the country.
“Oh, God no. Because if there’s martial law, ibig sabihin we’re in crisis. E ayaw naman nating mapasok ang Pilpinas sa crisis,” he said..
Despite Malacanang’s actions against him, Marcos is thankful that he has not seen any negative impact on his campaign so far.
A crowd of over 3,000 at the covered auditorium of the municipality of Umingan warmly welcomed Marcos, who was guest speaker at the multi-sectoral forum held there earlier in the day.
“Wala naman kaming narararamdaman na ganun. Yung suporta yung pagsalubong ng tao ganun pa rin kainit, hindi pa rin nagbabago. Kaya’t nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat g mga tuluyang hindi nagsasawa sa pagmamahal sa akin, sa pamlya ko, at sa lahat ng aming gustong gawin para tulungan ang bayan,” Marcos said.