The chairperson of Aksyon Demokratiko accused presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. of “idea theft” from Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.
"There is no doubt that Marcos committed 'idea theft' from Mayor Isko. This is similar to a rich kid from Forbes Park stealing the 'term paper' of a poor but smart kid from the slums of Tondo," Ernest Ramel said in a press statement issued Thursday (October 21).
Moreno vowed to cut excise taxes on petroleum products by half during a dialogue with Tarlac farmers. He also promised a separate 50% cut on electricity if he wins the presidential seat.
Meanwhile, Marcos issued a statement urging Congress to suspend the excise tax on oil products to help the transport sector. He claimed that this would cut gasoline price by P10 per liter and diesel products by P6 per liter.
"It seems that thievery and fakery are in the blood of the Marcoses. Fake war medals of Senior. Fake diploma from Oxford of Junior," Ramel said.
Ramel went on to claim that Marcos' statement was made hours after the media picked up Moreno's pronouncement.
For his part, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said his department is discussing the possibility of suspending excise tax with the finance department, however, this needs new legislation.
Marcos has yet to issue an official statement on the matter.
Moreno filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for president on October 4, while Marcos filed his on October 6.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.
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