By Mario Casayuran | Tempo
Independent vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. lashed at the Aquino administration for its failure to unite the Filipino people because it sowed divisiveness.
“This is the reason why the country has not moved forward,’’ Marcos said.
The political enmity between the Marcoses and the Aquinos remains.
It dates back to the clashing political objectives of Marcos’ father, the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos and Aquino’s father, the late Sen. Benigno Aquino in the late 60s when they were both senators.
Their rivalry boiled over when the elder Aquino was thrown in jail after the 1972 martial law declaration. After he was released because of his heart problem, the elder Aquino went into exile in the US and returned later in the early 80s only to be assassinated at the tarmac of Manila international airport.
As alleged excesses and widespread human rights violations of the martial law years hound his political campaign, Marcos has said he has nothing to apologize for.
Nevertheless, Marcos said political leaders should take a conscious effort to take aside political colors for the good of the country.
In an interview after the Go Negosyo Talks series on vice presidential candidates in Makati City Monday night, Marcos said it is important that political leaders show the people that they can give service without any political consideration.
He pointed out that the past administrations have not been able to unite the Filipino people and instead sowed divisiveness which is the reason why the country has not moved forward.
“Ang mga lider natin pinag-aaway-away tayo sa halip na pagkaisahin kaya hindi tayo umasenso. Hindi na dapat ito.
Dapat bumalik ang ating mga lider sa kung ano dapat ang kanilang tungkulin ay iyon ay tumulong kahit na anong kulay ng kanilang politika, kahit hindi kakampi. Dapat ang pagtulong ay pantay-pantay para sa lahat,” he said.