ELECTIONS 2022: Legarda decried by own son

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Senatorial candidate Loren Legarda in white shirt while holding a mic in front of a crowd during a campaign rally in Malolos City, North of Manila.
FILE PHOTO: Loren Legarda sings to supporters while campaigning in Malolos City north of Manila April 29, 2010. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

Lorenzo Legarda Leviste, son of senatorial candidate Loren Legarda, said that he was “disgusted” with her decision to run under the slate of dictator’s son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Davao City mayor Sara Duterte.

“For weeks I have been paralyzed in pain. But I have no choice but to publicly declare that I am absolutely disgusted by my mother and what she has decided to do,” he said said in a Rappler column. “It sickens me and makes me want to die.”

He added, “I am in utter grief. F*** my mother for abetting this. Their crimes are her crimes now. Make her defend them,” he said.

He mentioned how his own mother was “endorsing fascists”, a decision that he described to be “profoundly unthinkable, unconscionable, unforgivable.” Until now he finds difficulty being in terms with his mother’s decision to run under the Marcos-Duterte slate.

“I refuse the normalization of fascistic state thuggery, of lies as alternate truth, of the country’s sorry history being rewritten as fable. My mother is an example of how fascism takes hold, is made acceptable, normalized, facilitated, ushered in,” Lorenzo said.

Lorenzo highlighted that Loren was a former journalist who saw the horrors of Martial Law, and that another Marcos president would be the “end of history.”

“This is a woman who lived through Martial Law; she was once a journalist who taught me to value truth and justice. This is how vile, braindead, and reckless these people are. They literally have no idea what they are doing, the decades of violence and anguish they are unleashing,” he said.

He added, “There is no understanding that another Marcos presidency would mean the end of everything for the Philippines. The end of history, ang hangganan ng kasaysayan (the end of history).”

Moreover, he mentioned that the atrocities under the regime of Marcos Sr. were established facts, and not something to be argued on about.

“To even have to state that is patently absurd. To push back against these truths is to declare yourself an enemy of justice; of the thousands whose lives and families have been destroyed by the Marcoses and the Dutertes; of the millions today fighting on the front lines to stop them,” he said, “My mother, Loren Legarda, spits in the faces of all these people.”

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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