Political strategies for the campaign season
It is beyond comprehension how some people try to hold Congressman Ferdinand Marcos II (Bongbong) “responsible” for his father’s declaration of Martial Law almost 40 years ago especially now that he is running for Senator. Bongbong was barely fifteen years old when Martial Law was declared in 1972 not to mention he was in England attending to his schooling, perhaps, worrying about where to get tickets to the “sold out” Rolling Stones concert for that fall season as most youngsters his age were concerned with or with the likes of it. As for the entire period of the controversial Marcos Rule, it would be best to leave to historians the rendering of a dispassionate accounting of that period in the history of our nation, where his father, President Marcos, stood at the helm of government as President of the Republic of the Philippines. Bongbong Marcos, in fairness, has declared that he is ready to be judged by the voters not based on anyone’s actions, good or bad, or his father’s achievements for that matter, but based on his own performance the last 15 years he has been in public office – nine years as Governor of Ilocos Norte and six years as Representative of the 2nd district of the same province. If we let his track record speak for itself, and the voters decide based on that record, then he will surely be elected to the Senate in the coming elections, half a century after his father was first elected to the same post.