Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya: Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.promised to be the voice of women if he wins the vice presidential race.
“Pangako ko po na kayo ay mabibigyan ng sapat at malinaw na boses sa ating pamahalaan (I promise that you will be given ample and clear voice in government.). I assure you of a Vice President that will be a good, virtuous, responsible and unifying leader, with whom you can entrust not only your voice, but your lives and future, and those of our younger and succeeding generations. ‘Ika nga sa buhay ni Sir Chief: ‘I will be careful with your heart,” he told members of the four women`s groups who met him on the occasion of the National Women’s Month here at the Municipal Hall Auditorium.
With the theme “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda,” the gathering was attended by Gov. Ruth Padilla, her husband Rep. Carlos Padilla, Bambang Mayor Flaviano Balgos Jr, and mayors of the province who threw their support behind the candidacy of Marcos.
The four groups are the Nueva Vizcaya Abot-Palad Association Inc., District 8 of the Order of the Amaranth, Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina, and Rural Improvement Club.
The senator said he is particularly careful with the issue on gender sensitivity because the women in his life are helping sustain his dreams of a progressive Philippines, referring to his mother, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, his sisters and wife.
Marcos is married to Liza Araneta.
The Ilocano senator said there are laws that protect the rights of women like the seven-year old Magna Carta for Women (Republic Act 8710) and the 12-year-old Anti-Violence against Women and their Children (Republic Act 9262).
His respect for women, Marcos said, prompted him to favor a female presidential candidate.
“I firmly believe that Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, my running-mate, is not only most qualified, but is also the right and the perfect person to take the job of the Presidency of our country. Ang OFW advocate naman na si Susan Ople ay isa sa aking mga ini-endorsong senatoriable,” Marcos said.
“I completely have faith and trust in all the great women in my life—in their skills, their talents and their abilities to make the right decisions… Naniniwala po ako sa kasabihan na, ‘Behind every successful man is a woman.’ Whoever I am now and whatever I have become, it is because of the influence and guidance of all the great women in my life,” he said.
“For every success of a man, there is a greater woman behind,” he added, drawing thunderous applause from the women crowd.