Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. today said he is delighted by the overwhelming support of the public to his campaign despite the political pressure being applied to some local government officials to prevent them from openly supporting his candidacy.
On the second day of his campaign sortie in Laguna, Marcos said it would seem that political party leaders are preventing their local members from supporting him.
“Well, ayaw kong ilagay sa alanganin ang ating mga quiet supporter pero marami pa sila at kahit na minsan ay pinagbabawal sila ng kanilang political bosses…” he said in an ambush in Binan, Laguna.
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,” he noted.
The senator added that despite the political pressure, he is still being warmly welcomed by the people with many of them attending his speaking engagements in their areas and expressing their support.
“Kaya nakakatuwa naman. Bukod pa roon nakikita naming ang reaksiyon ng taumbayan. Siyempre nakakatuwa pa rin at mainit pa rin ang salubong sa akin,” he said.
He added his own political party, the Nacionalista Party (NP), has not made a decision on who to support because to do so may split the party. “Kaya independent ako nag-file dahil talagang hindi namili. Ayaw ng aming pangulo na si Senator Manny (Villar) na mamili ng kandidato yung partido. Baka magkahiwahiwalay. Magfafactionalize ang partido. Ayaw niya nun,” he explained.
Two other members of the NP are vying for the vice presidency, namely Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Allan Peter Cayetano.
He said he will continue to campaign 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,”
When asked on to comment about President Benigno Simeon Aquino III's active campaigning for former Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo, the Senator had this to say,
“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.