Vice presidential contender Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. suffers from low blows from Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas and the Aquino administration during his campaign rally in Tacloban, Leyte.
Courting voters in his mother's province, Leyte, Philippines, VP candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., said during a campaign rally in Tacloban City that it was his cousin, Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez, who is the "true hero" of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan). Not administration standard-bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II as asserted by the previous Cabinet official's campaign comics.
Accompanied by his mother and former first lady Imelda Marcos, the senator first commended Romualdez for being the "true hero of Yolanda" before he commenced his devious attack against Roxas.
“Yung iba diyan sinasabi na sila ang bayani, pero sa komiks lang yan (There are some candidates who claim to be the true heroes, but that’s only in comics)," he said, without calling out the Liberal Party bet.)"
Marcos was signifying the Sa Gitna ng Unos (In the Midst of the Storm) which recounts the life of Roxas and his successes as Capiz representative, as trade secretary, and interior chief, together with his work on Yolanda in November 2013. It was allegedly introduced by Roxas' supporters.
Roxas, who was in Tacloban previously, during, and after the super typhoon crashed into Eastern and Western Visayan, had been criticized for his performance particularly on the outcome of the typhoon.
The national government was judged on its sluggish response with relief and rehabilitation even after it entitled former senator Panfilo Lacson as Yolanda rehabilitation czar in December 2013.
Marcos then resurrected the contentious statement which Roxas spread to Mayor Romualdez throughout a meeting in the results of the typhoon, enclosed in an edited video circulated on social media.
It suggested that the national government was politicizing relief efforts in Leyte, which was later explained by both factions concerned.
“Narinig pa natin na kahit may mga biktima, patay pa sa lansangan, narinig natin, ‘Remember, you are a Romualdez and the president is an Aquino.’ Pati ba naman ‘yon ay ipinolitika?”
(We can recall a time when dead bodies lay on the road, we heeded this: "Remember, you are a Romualdez, and the president is an Aquino." Why do we feel the need to politicize tragedies?)," Marcos added.
Roxas had been appalled over this video and indicated that it was edited to take out significant fractions of his dialogue with the mayor.
During the remembrance of the Yolanda calamity last year, Romualdez apologized to President Benigno Aquino III for his cruel words post-Yolanda, and acknowledged the national leadership for all its support.
Attending to Yolanda survivors on Monday, Marcos declared in his speech, “The courage you have shown made people admire you."
“Sa aking pananaw, ito ay nangyari dahil sa nakaraang ilang taon, sa nakaraang ilang administrasyon tayo pong mga Pilipino, ang ating mga lider imbes na tayo ay pinagkakaisa, tayo ay pinaghihiwa-hiwalay, pinag-aaway-away. At ginagawa lamang nila ito alang-alang sa politika,”
(From my perspective, this transpired because during the past years, during the past several administrations, our leaders, instead of uniting us, divided us. And they're doing so because of politics.”), he added.