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Sunday, April 10, 2016

"Mukhang Robredo versus Marcos ang VP debate" CNN Philippines moderator

Bongbong: "Hindi lang sorry, Nakaw na yaman, ibalik mo sa bayan!"Leni Robredo (VP Debates)
"Mukhang Robredo versus Marcos ang VP debate"
Pia Hontiveros
CNN moderator
Among other vice presidential contenders, Robredo said she’s the only one vocal about her stance against the abuses under the dictatorial regime of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, whose son and namesake Senator Bongbong Marcos is running against her.
When asked if her anti-martial law stance became the reason her numbers have gone up since the campaign started, she answered in the affirmative.
“Mukhang sa aming lahat, ako lang yung very vocal about martial law. ‘Yung sa akin, hindi naman personal ‘yon about Bongbong, pero para sa akin, yung martial law kasi isang issue na I feel strongly about,” she said in an interview in Balayan Municipality.
Robredo said the assassination of democracy icon and former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., who was a staunch critic of the older Marcos, sparked her and her late husband Jesse Robredo’s political awakening.
“Kaming mag asawa parehas kaming umuwi sa Naga because of the Edsa (revolution). Pareho kaming na-inspire na maglingkod sa gobyerno. Hindi pa kami magkakilala at that time pero from the (Aquino’s) assassination until Edsa, active kami sa street protests kaya sa akin, ramdam na ramdam ko yung paghingi ng hustisya ng lahat ng biktima ng martial law, kaya very vocal ako doon kasi ‘yon ang umpisa. Nagumpisa ako sa struggle na ‘yon. Hindi pwedeng 30 years after kakalimutan na lang ‘yon,” she said.
‘May the best woman win’
This was how Liberal Party’s bet Leni Robredo—the only woman in the vice presidential race—made her closing statement during the Commission on Elections-organized debate on Sunday.
Robredo also declared  that like how she is to her children, she will not leave behind the nation.
“Isa po akong ina, at hindi ko po papabayaan ang aking mga anak, hindi ko po papabayaan ang bayan. Naniniwala po ako sa dulo ng lahat, ang tama ang parating nananaig,” said Robredo before the debate ended, which lasted for nearly three hours.
“Sa amin pong anim, may the best woman win!”
In contrast to the reluctance she showed when she decided to run for vice presidency, Robredo displayed positivity that winning the race is now within her reach.
“Sa aking pag-iikot sa buong bansa, nagiging maliwanag na sa akin ang dahilan kung bakit ako nandito ngayon. Pakiramdam ko, buong buhay ko ay paghahanda. Iyong simpleng pamumuhay, iyong unos at kahirapan na pinagdaanan naming pamilya. Iyong aking matagal na panunungkulan sa mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan,” she said.
“Kapag binabalikan ko ang kuwento at mukha ng aking mga nakakasalamuha, sinasabi ko po sa sarili ko, ‘Excited na akong manalo!’”
But the excitement she was feeling was for the Filipino people hoping for a leader who will not abandon them after winning the race.
“Hindi para sa sarili ko, pero para sa ating mga kababayan na umaasa na mayroong mamumuno sa kanila na hinding-hindi sila papabayaan,” she said.
She also cited her significant climb in the surveys from barely one percent since she declared her VP bid to more than 20 percent.
“Noong una po akong tumatakbo, halos wala po sa aking nakakakilala. Sa lahat po yata sa amin, pang-huli ako. Ngayon, hindi na ganoon ang kuwento. Malapit na, abot-kamay na ang tagumpay,” she said. From Inquirer
From ABS-CBN News
MANILA - If Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr wins the vice-presidential race in 2016, the Philippines will become the laughingstock of the world, a fellow senator said Thursday.
Sen. Sergio Osmena III, grandson of the late Commonwealth President Sergio Osmena, was incarcerated for five years during the martial rule of Marcos' father, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. He escaped from a maximum security prison cell in Fort Bonifacio in 1977, along with ABS-CBN's Eugenio Lopez Jr.
In an interview on ANC's Headstart, Osmena said he is reminded of the late Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's description of the Marcos family in his book "From Third World to First."
Bongbong- We demand justice for all Marcos' Martial Law Victims! 
Leni Robredo 
LIBERAL Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo has a message for “millennials” who believe the martial law years were the country’s golden age: It was an ugly time.
“Everything the country experienced back then truly happened. It was not a myth, it was not just a fabrication,” Robredo said on the sidelines of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Edsa revolution at the People Power Monument on Thursday.
Robredo said she was saddened by postings on Facebook and Twitter, especially by young people, characterizing the Marcos dictatorship from 1972 to 1986 as the best years of the Philippines.
“When I go on social media, I see a lot of comments that are not true,” said the Camarines Sur representative and widow of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.
“Many mistakenly believe that what we went through more than 30 years ago were the best years in our history.”
In an interview at the Leni Robredo Tsinelas Volunteer Center Thursday, Maria Elena "Ballsy" Aquino-Cruz said she is confident that Robredo can win the vice presidential race.
"Oo, I'm very confident. Hindi ko alam kung bakit pero siguro parang noong 1986 na hindi natin malalaman kung paano mananalo si Cory kung tangan ni Marcos ang lahat. Pero naalala ko sinabi ni Cardinal Sin sa Mom ko, 'Cory you will win.' Sabi ng Mom ko, 'Paano ako mananalo?' Sabi niya, 'Just have faith and there will be a miracle,'" Ballsy said. From ABS-CBN News
"In my mind, ano kayang miracle? Miracle siguro kung umalis si Marcos at natuloy nga. Ngayon, hindi ko alam pero wala akong kaba na mananalo si Leni kasi unang-una, talagang kahanga-hanga naman siya. Hindi man niya ginusto pero noong naisip niya na kinakailangan siyang tumakbo, sumabak siya. Nakita ko kung gaano siya kasipag at ibinibigay niya ang lahat. Ballsy Aquino-Cruz
Ferdinand Marcos : "He might have started as a hero 
but ended up as a crook.” 
Singapore's Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew
Inquirer Editorial
Sen. Bongbong Marcos is the picture of confidence these days—some would even say, of cockiness. The son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos has eased himself out of the shadow of his perpetually more quotable mother Imelda and older sister Imee by getting his own voice heard on many of the hot-button issues of the day, from the public transport mess to the Mamasapano debacle and the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.
The appearance of seriousness and maturity has excited that segment of the population that has never abandoned the Marcos myth; Marcos Jr. is now seen, more than ever, as viable presidential material, whose fateful return to MalacaƱang one day soon would be a vindication of everything that the Marcoses have endured since their exit from the Palace in 1986.
In their view, the Marcos years were a halcyon era in Philippine society and politics, when peace and order reigned, the economy boomed, people were disciplined and the government was functioning. In the wake of Lee Kuan Yew’s death, Bongbong even declared with dead seriousness that the Philippines could have been another Singapore had his father’s 20-year stay in power not been cut short by the Edsa People Power revolt.
This week, he was back defending the rampart. There was nothing wrong about martial law, he said on TV, and there is nothing to apologize for. “Will I say sorry for the thousands and thousands of kilometers [of roads] that were built? Will I say sorry for the agricultural policy that brought us to self-sufficiency in rice? Will I say sorry for the power generation? Will I say sorry for the highest literacy rate in Asia? What am I to say sorry about?”
It’s a catchy picture, but a false, incomplete one. Marcos’ agricultural policy? He simply parceled out the economy to his cronies; as the Chicago Tribune put it, “Eduardo Cojuangco became the ‘Coconut King,’ Antonio Floirendo the ‘Banana King,’ Herminio Disini the ‘Tobacco King,’ Jose Campos the ‘Pharmaceutical King,’ Roberto Benedicto the ‘Sugar King.’” For years, millions of farmers had to fork over hard-earned money for a so-called coconut levy fund that never went to their welfare, but instead became a P150-billion asset fought over by the likes of Cojuangco and Juan Ponce Enrile.
The land reform that was supposed to be the cornerstone of Marcos’ New Society? It was a sham. Out of some 10 million hectares of private land and 17 million hectares of public land available for disposal, only 50,000-70,000 hectares had been subjected to land reform by the time the Marcoses fled MalacaƱang in 1986.
Power generation? The monstrosity that is the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant—built of an outdated design with some 4,000 defects, on a known earthquake fault line, to the tune of $2.3 billion, about $80 million of which ended up as kickbacks to Marcos and his bagman Disini as documented in court records against its builder Westinghouse—is the ultimate indictment of Marcos’ energy policies.
We haven’t touched on the billions of dollars in Swiss accounts, or the thousands of “desaparecidos” and human rights victims. Do current history books reflect these facts? Apparently not, because Bongbong could also claim that one reason he’s getting giddy at the idea of running for president is that “young people who were not even alive at that time say that, ‘Buti pa noong panahong iyon, alam namin, may ganito at may ganyan.”’
But he has, in fact, been judged. Marcos is the only president in Philippine history who had to flee with his family in the dead of night to escape the wrath of his people—from whom he stole up to the end, by the way, with millions of gold, jewelry and cash brought along with them. There’s the judgment of history right there for you. Unfortunately for Bongbong, that ignominy cannot be erased with a cocky shrug.