Cebu City: Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Saturday said that he will not be provoked to engage in mudslinging, saying such acts will not help solve the country’s problems.
In an interview over Cebu Catholic Television Network (CCTN) here, the senator from Ilocos Norte said that instead of reacting to the tirades of his opponents, he will continue to present his platform rather than destroy his political rivals.
“Will mudslinging create one more job? Will insulting somebody else, trying to put them dow,n help feed a child? None of these things are useful, none of these things achieve anything except more disunity, more polarization,” he stressed.
“I would not be goaded or somehow baited to be part of the mudslinging or part of the insults that are going back and forth. I just see that there is no place because when I talk to people, ordinary Filipino citizens, they don’t ask me about what a bad person the other person is. What they ask me is what can you do to help me,” he added.
Marcos said attacks against candidates will stop after the elections so that the elected leaders can begin fulfilling their duties to serve the people.
The senator urged all political leaders to set aside their own interests and put the interest of the people first.
“Let us remind our leaders that they must attend to the needs of the people who they have sworn to serve. Their oath is to help the people, to sacrifice our own personal interest for that of the country, for that of the citizenry. And we seem to have forgotten it. Politics have put walls between and among us. We quarrel non-stop that’s why we have nowhere to go,” he said.
“We Filipinos are loving people. We have so much respect to our elders, to our neighbors. We lift our fingers to help each other. That is the Filipino culture we should support and show to each other,” he said.