We cannot afford another Marcos presidency: Opponent
Published on: Wednesday, November 24, 2021
By: ABS CBN News
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THE PHILIPPINES can not afford another Marcos presidency, vice presidential aspirant and House Deputy Speaker Lito Atenza (pic,left) said .

Atienza, the running mate of presidential candidate Sen. Manny Pacquiao, lauded President Rodrigo Duterte attacking the leadership capability of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong Marcos, Jr., the only son of the late dictator and namesake.

Duterte, who is backing the 2022 presidential bid of his longtime aide, Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, last Friday called Marcos Jr. a “spoiled” and “weak” leader even as the former senator is pursuing an election tandem with his daughter in Halalan 2022.

Atienza said the previous Marcos administration failed to leave a good legacy to Filipinos.

“I have never been excited by a Marcos presidency again.”

Atienza believes Duterte’s tirades against the younger Marcos will leave a dent in the latter’s credibility.

The Dutertes are known to be friendly with the Marcoses. 

The President’s father Vicente served in the Marcos cabinet.

In 2016, Duterte allowed the late dictator’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani despite widespread protests.

Atienza said the Marcos family should just leave Philippine politics.

The Marcos family has long sought to rebuild its image and has repeatedly denied allegations that it plundered state wealth while in power, estimated in 1987 at $10 billion.

Atienza meanwhile lashed back at other political aspirants who criticized Pacquiao’s “aid” distribution activities, telling them to just follow suit and help the needy using their own money.

Pacquiao earlier drew flak after several videos showed he handed out cash to those who attended his political sortie in Batangas last week.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier said that there may have been violations in Pacquiao’s Batangas visit, where crowds trooped to several indoor locations to meet the world boxing icon.

Pacquiao has denied insinuations of vote-buying, saying he was doing it out of charity and that there was no election offense since he was using his personal money.

His spokesperson said last Tuesday he will continue to hand out cash aid to Filipinos in need as he travels around the Philippines in the run-up to the 2022 elections.

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