Manila Bulletin – Leave political vendetta behind, Marcos advises next president

By Mario Casayuran | Manila Bulletin

ManilaBulletinOnlineSen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. said yesterday the next President of the Republic should not adopt a policy of political vendetta that puts political opponents in jail.

Marcos, chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee, said political vengeance adopted in the past and present administrations is “counterproductive and divides Filipinos.”

The next Chief Executive should instead push for the development of the country, improve the lives of the Filipino people and help accelerate the pace of the country’s economy, Marcos pointed out.

“We should leave that culture of vengeance behind us. What the next President should strive is to unite the country so that every Filipino could work together for the good of our country – not for personal gain, not for the benefit of a party, but for the benefit of the entire nation,” he stressed.

 Marcos gave the advice as the presidential election fever starts to get hot. Meanwhile, Marcos has yet to decide whether he would seek the presidency, vice presidency or simply seek another six-year term in the Senate.

CORRUPTION CHARGES

The advice comes also at the heels of charges that the present Aquino administration is implementing “selective justice” where the administration allegedly goes after its political enemies while allowing its allies in the Liberal Party to go unpunished.  The charges were hurled yesterday by Vice President Jejomar Binay who resigned from the Aquino Cabinet Monday, after serving for five years. Binay is now facing graft charges at the Office of the Ombudsman.

“We should do away with what we have been seeing in the past few years when recent administrations adopted a deliberate campaign of vengeance against their political foes, practically making it a national policy,” Marcos said.

ARROYO AND ERAP

Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo sent her predecessor President Joseph “Erap” Estrada to jail on charges of plunder. Arroyo met the same fate under the Aquino administration.

CHIEF JUSTICE

Marcos recalled that the Aquino administration had also actively sought the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona, who was an appointee of Arroyo.

3 SENATORS IN JAIL

At present, opposition Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Ramon Revilla Jr. are behind bars facing cases of alleged corruption.

Binay claimed that the corruption charges lodged against him are politically-motivated and orchestrated by allies of the Aquino administration.

Meanwhile, political observers ask if it is possible that President Aquino might suffer the same fate as former Presidents Arroyo and Estrada after the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional some parts of the administration’s Disbursement Acceleration Program, (DAP) which funneled billions of public funds into various projects.

“Only the future can tell,” political observers pointed out.

If President Aquino had indeed violated the laws, then he should face charges that may be filed against him after his term, Marcos pointed out.

However, Marcos said the next administration should not have a direct hand in the filing of such charges and should treat them as any ordinary criminal case.

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