Who needs another vindictive president? Certainly not the Philippines, said Senator Bongbong Marcos.
Marcos, who is rumored to be eyeing a higher position in the 2016 national elections, said it’s high-time that the country gets a leader that will focus more on improving the lives of Filipinos rather than jailing his or her political adversaries.
“We should leave that culture of vengeance behind us. What the next President should strive is to unite the country so that every Filipino could work together for the good of our country–not for personal gain, not for the benefit of a party, but for the benefit of the entire nation,” Marcos said in a radio interview.
The politiko noted how past administrations and even the present one under President Benigno Aquino III have prioritized exacting vengeance on political foes to the point of making it a policy of the state.
“The top priority of the next President is not to go after political opponents and play politics. His priority should be how to push the development of our country, how to improve the lives of our people, how to grow the economy,” Marcos said.
Marcos recalled that ex-president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo sent her predecessor Joseph Estrada to jail on charges of plunder. Arroyo met the same fate under the Aquino administration.
The Aquino government then actively sought the impeachment of former Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona, who is an appointee of Arroyo.
Last year, opposition senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Ramon Revilla, Jr. were jailed on allegations of corruption.
Marcos, son of late Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos, cited observations that Aquino could also end up in prison after 2016 because of the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program, which the SC had declared unconstitutional. (Randy K. Ortega)