By Freddie Lazaro | Manila Bulletin
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. has assured that the women sector will have a voice in the government if he is elected as vice president in the upcoming May 9, 2016 polls.
Marcos made the announcement last Saturday in a speech he delivered at the Municipal Hall Auditorium in Bambang, Nueva Viscaya on the occasion of National Women’s Celebration Month with the theme, “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda.”
“Pangako ko po na kayo ay mabibigyan ng sapat at malinaw na boses sa ating pamahalaan. I assure you of a Vice-President that will be a good, virtuous, responsible, and unifying leader, with whom you can entrust not only your voice, but your lives and future, and those of our younger and succeeding generations. ‘Ika nga sa buhay ni Sir Chief: ‘I will be careful with your heart,” he said.
He said the Filipino people can stand proud because the country has come a long way in respecting women’s rights and the Filipino women are now more empowered.
He said there are laws that were enacted to ensure that Filipino women are protected and treated equally like the 7-year old Magna Carta for Women (Republic Act 8710) and the 12-year old Anti-Violence against Women and their Children (Republic Act 9262).
He said he advocates for “women empowerment” and firmly believes that women can compete with men, and match their abilities and performance and can even surpass them.
“So much so that I firmly believe that Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago — my running mate — is not only most qualified, but is also the right and the perfect person to take the job of the Presidency of our country. Ang OFW advocate naman na si Susan Ople naman ay isa sa aking mga ini-endorsong Senatoriable,” he said.
However, Marcos said there is still a need for the continued education of the Filipinos, especially men, to completely erase the “patriarchal” mentality.
“Kaya, patuloy na edukasyon ng ating mga kalalakihan at mga kababaihan mismo ang ating kailangan,” he said.
Marcos also expressed gratitude to the women in his life, particularly his mother, former First lady Imelda R. Marcos, and his wife, Atty. Liza Araneta Marcos, for supporting him all the way.
“I completely have faith and trust in all the great women in my life — in their skills, their talents and their abilities to make the right decisions… Naniniwala po ako sa kasabihan na, ‘Behind every successful man is a woman.’ Whoever I am now and whatever I have become, it is because of the influence and guidance of all the great women in my life,” he said.
He added: Kaya sa mga kababaihan ng Bambang, Lalawigan ng Nueva Viscaya at nang buong Pilipinas, kayo na po ang bahala sa akin.”