IF he wins in the vice presidential race next year, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will oppose moves to file charges against President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his officials.
Marcos, who is expected to file his certificate of candidacy Tuesday, said he will oppose government moves to file criminal cases against Aquino and other government officials but he will let other groups do it.
The senator said the government should not make it its policy to go after its political enemies because this kind of policy is divisive.
“That kind of policy, look where it’s taken us: where the lives of ordinary Filipinos have not improved because we have conducted that policy. The unity of the country has been torn apart, and without that unity, we cannot move forward,” Marcos said in an interview aired over ANC.
Marcos explained that the Executive Department should fix problems facing the nation, not file complaints against its enemies because this would result in disunity and polarization of the country.
“It cannot be the policy of government to do nothing but run after whoever their political enemies were before and to wreak some kind of vengeance on them,” he added.
Marcos earlier said vengeance campaign will not be beneficial for the country.
The senator noted that the next president should strive to unite the country so that every Filipino could work together for the good of the nation.
Marcos cited the case of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who was sent to jail by President Benigno Aquino 3rd in 2010.
Aside from Arroyo, the Aquino administration also went after former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. were also detained on corruption charges in connection with the alleged misused of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
Marcos said outgoing officials need not worry of suffering the same treatment.
Senator Francis Escudero, who is also running for vice president, shares Marcos’ position.