Marcos to youth: Choose candidates who unify, not divide

Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. has called on the youth to be more discerning on who they will vote for in the coming elections saying they should choose candidates who unify the nation rather than divide.

Speaking to students of the Isabela State University in Echague, Isabela during their Student Forum, Marcos said the youth should get to know each and every candidate and vote based on their track record and not merely rely on what their family or friends will say.

“Wala akong sinaabi sa inyo kung sino ang inyong iboboto pero tingnan ninyo ang mga nakaharap sa inyo. Hindi lang nangangako pero alamin ninyo ang kanilang record, ang kanilang kakayahan. Alamin ninyo ang kanilang galing,” he said.

More importantly, Marcos stressed, the youth should vote for candidates who seek to unite and move the country forward rather than sow hatred and division. “Kaya kayo na magiging botante ay tingnan naman ninyo kung sino ang mga kandidato na nais paghiwalayin tayo, pinag-aaway tayo, pinagkakawatak-watak ang ating lipunan. Tingnan ninyo ang mga kandidato ay may track record na may pinakita na ang layunin ay pagkaisahin ang sambayanang Pilipino,” he stated.

He said unity is the baseline of the country’s progress because without it, no meaningful program can be implemented. Marcos further said years of division and hatred perpetuated by the country’s leaders have placed the entire nation in a rut to the detriment of the ordinary citizens.

“Kaya tayo hindi nakaahon at naligaw ay dahil sa mga nakaraang mga lider natin ay Imbes na pinagsama-sama at pinagkakaisa ang ating sambayanan ang nangyari ay tayo ay pinag-away away. Tayo ay pinaghihiwahiwalay at ginagawa ito alang-alang lamang sa politika alang-alang lamang sa kanilang sariling kapakanan, alang-alang lamang sa kanilang partido,” he said.

He said in his vice presidential bid, he is not only campaigning for him to win but he is starting a movement that will achieve unity for the entire Filipino people no matter their beliefs, personal inclinations, political affiliations or social status.

Marcos said he is hoping that unity is the legacy he leaves behind for the Filipino youth so their children can have a more progressive future.

“Dito sa kampanyang ito hindi ko lang ikinakampanya ang kandidatura ko bilang vice president. Ipinaglalaban ko rin ang kilusan ng pagkakaisa ng sambayanang Pilipino. Palagay ko iyan ang importanteng unang hakbang na dapat nating gawin ng upang maibalik tayo sa tamang progreso na inaasahan ng taong bayan sa atin,” Marcos pointed out.

He added, “Ito ang hamon para sa ating mga lider, sa inyong mga kabataan na kapag kayo naman ang uupo sa matataas na posisyon at susuporta sa inyong pamilya, sana ay iiwanan namin ang lipunan sa inyo na nagkakaisa, nagmamahalan at nagtutulungan.”

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