Vice presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. accused the Liberal Party for the delay in the distribution of human rights claims, saying his family is not involved in the process.
“We do not send our lawyers to whatever proceedings. In that case it is the government versus the claimants. It is the Liberal Party that is hindering the distribution of claims,” Marcos said at the Commission on Elections-initiated vice presidential debate held at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Sunday.
“It is not our family that is blocking the human rights claims. It is the LP,” he said.
Marcos, who has been in public service for 27 years, was the target of immense mudslinging from his rivals, particularly Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes 4th, who are his party mates in the Nacionalista Party.
Administration party candidate Rep. Leni Robredo also joined the tirades against Marcos.
The three urged Marcos to return the alleged ill-gotten-wealth of the family of former president Ferdinand Marcos.
“I cannot give what I do not have,” was the senator’s simple answer, adding that his family had followed the rulings of various courts on ill-gotten wealth.
On the issue of his apology, Marcos said he “will certainly acknowledge all human rights abuses or else they will be repeated.”
But he clarified that in his 27 years of public service, he had never been accused of human rights abuses.
Hecklers disrupted Marcos’ opening statement, prompting security guards to escort the more than five men from the debate venue.
Marcos remained calm.
“I would like to thank the students of the University of Santo Tomas where I won the mock elections,” he said, adding that he will address the problems of criminality, joblessness, high prices of commodities, and lagging agriculture, among others.