MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Bongbong Marcos, son and namesake of the late former president Ferdinand Marcos, today said that the "governance style" of President Benigno Aquino III should be blamed in the alleged restlessness in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
"Gaya ng sinabi ko, ang Presidente na siyang namumuno sa Malacañang ay hindi tunay na lider. All this trouble is his own doing and he has no one to blame but himself," Marcos said.
Marcos claimed that "the disgruntled soldiers are aware that their supposed Commander in Chief does not understand his responsibilities towards the soldiers that endure the suffering and face death to protect our sovereignty."
He said Aquino "has only himself to blame" for the alleged ill feelings of the soldiers towards him. He said the soldiers feel "that only is he not supporting and leading them but treats them with disdain and arrogance."
"Our soldiers do not want a war where civilian casualties will come as a result. They want to fight the armed enemies of the State that continue to ambush them and kill them. They want to hear their Commander in Chief commit to avenging the deaths of their fellow soldiers by running after the killers," the senator added.
Placing himself in the stead of the soldiers, Marcos said the troops want to know "what their Commander in Chief gave away to the MILF in his secret meeting in Tokyo" last August 4.
"They want an assurance that they are placed in the frontline with the full backing and support from their Commander. They are brave soldiers willing to defend our sovereignty not with their hands tied but with full support from the top. That is the responsibility of a Commander in Chief to his soldiers that are willing to die defending country," Marcos said.
Marcos had also recently criticized Aquino for his refusal to sanction a hero's burial for the late dictator.
Aquino said that a hero's burial for the former president will not happen "under my watch."