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Vice presidential aspirant and Buhay Party-list representative Jose “Lito” Atienza Jr. said in an interview that should Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. win the presidency, the Philippines has nowhere else to go.
“Kapag nanalo si Bongbong, I’m sorry to say, wala na talaga pupuntahan ang Pilipinas (If Bongbong wins, I’m sorry to way, the Philippines is a lost cause.) If they got away with it by stealing so much money; they will steal more money to make sure they get around once again,” he said.
Atienza himself was a survivor of the Marcos regime, being arrested twice by the dictatorship for exposing human rights violations.
The representative believes that the Marcoses should be incarcerated for their crimes.
“I believe our leaders after Marcos created a very grave miscalculation and a big error. They did not really pursue the issues against Marcos. Right now they should all be in jail,” he said.
He also casted doubts on how the Marcos camp presents itself to the public, with how the dictator’s son is leading election surveys.
“I don’t entirely believe the story-telling of the Marcos campaign. They are not telling the truth. It's a very well crafted political campaign machinery,” Atienza claimed.
Last October 2020, Atienza criticized Marcos Jr. for denying the crimes committed under his father’s dictatorship.
A month after that, he said that the Philippines does not need another Marcos as president, just after President Rodrigo Duterte called Marcos Jr. a “weak” and “spoiled” leader.
Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.
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