President Benigno Aquino III has a theory on why Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos almost won the recent vice presidential race.
The outgoing president believes that the millennials have a difficult time imagining and understanding the atrocities committed during the late former President Ferdinand Marcos’ Martial Law reign.
“Siguro baka those of us who experienced the Martial Law years failed to take into account, especially for the millennials, that it’s kinda difficult to imagine that such a period like the Martial Law period actually happened in the country,” Aquino explained.
The president added that the current information age and recent technological advancements in the country make it even harder for the younger generation to grasp the sufferings and oppression experienced by the Filipino people during the Martial Law period.
“In this day, the so-called information age, where you have access to the net 24/7; when you ask a question, you get answers in seconds. How do you actually explain how they (Marcoses) managed to control information at that point in time?” Aquino added.
Despite Bongbong Marcos doing well in the vice presidential election, Aquino is still happy that Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo is winning the race.
The president also enumerated the advantages of Marcos that Robredo was able to overcome, such as the popularity level, the amount of resources and the two-year headstart.
“Ang aming kandidato (Robredo) na walang planong kumandidato, na one percent nag-umpisa, na parang 70 something percent ang awareness ay nanalo,” Aquino said.
(Our candidate (Robredo) who did not plan to run, started at one percent, with only 70 something percent awareness has won.)
Aquino describes Robredo’s lead over Marcos as a triumph of the truth.
“Maski na huling-huli doon sa karera, e nanaig pa rin ‘yung katotohanan (Even if she was the very last to enter the race, the truth still triumphed),” Aquino explained.