4 November 2021

The camp of presidential aspirant Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. tagged the filing of a petition for the cancellation of his certificate of candidacy (COC) before the Commission on Elections as merely part of black propaganda aimed to prevent his victory in next year’s national and local elections.

In an interview on GMA-DZBB, lawyer Vic Rodriguez, spokesman of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer, disclosed that Marcos advised him to prepare for more of the same attacks or gutter politics as the May 2022 synchronized elections draw near.

“Naiiling na lang. Sinabihan niya ako na this is just the start of their vicious attacks para pigilan siya (sa kanyang kandidatura),” he said when asked for Marcos’ reaction on the petition.

Rodriguez, however, added that Marcos also asked him to remind his supporters not to go down to their level and engage with his detractors in their gutter politics.

“Sinabihan niya kami na huwag mapikon at huwag pansinin at tuloy lang ang kampanya na ‘unifying leadership’,” he said.

Earlier, petitioners from human rights groups asked the Comelec to cancel Marcos’s COC for alleged misrepresentation.

Rodriguez pointed out that it is very clear that the said petitioners are attack dogs of his opponents.

“Kitang-kita ng sambayanang Filipino na patuloy ang pang-aapi ng iba’t ibang grupong dilawan kay presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos,” he said.

The lawyer further said the petition is part of the dirty politics thrown at their camp.

“Alam naman ng lahat na ito ay nagmumula sa ‘yellow wannabe political assassins’,” he said.