Talking to a crowd divided by boos and cheers, Marcos said that he did not attend senate hearings on corruption because they were all politically motivated.
In the only vice presidential debate held on Sunday April 10 in the University of Santo Tomas, Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos II entered a word war with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.
Early in the debate, the topic of corruption began an exchange of allegations between the two senators, with Cayetano accusing Marcos of deliberately missing sessions on the Napoles pork scandal out of guilt.
Cayetano said that Bongbong was angry at him after learning that Maya Santos was invited in the Senate hearing. Maya was the alleged mediator between Napoles and Marcos, according to the Senator Alan.
Marcos replied: "Hindi po ako sasama sa ganyang klaseng pamumulitka na tinataya ang dapat pantulong sa ating mga kababayan... Dapat anti-corruption [ang mga hearing sa Senado] pero ang totoo itinataas lang nila (lawmakers) ang kanilang sariling bangko."
(I will not join that kind of politicking wherein the fund that should help our fellow Filipinos is being used elsewhere. It should be anti-corruption, but the lawmakers just want to add more to their bank accounts.)
The vice presidential debates was organized by CNN Philippines with the Commission on Elections and the Kapisanan ng Broadkaster ng Pilipinas, in partnership with Business Mirror.