Judging the photo alone, vice presidential candidates Senators Bongbong Marcos and Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero are talking to each other; and appears to be laughing at LP vice presidentiable, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo. The odd incident was captured when the three of them attended the Go Negosyo forum last Monday, March 14, 2016.
“A picture is worth a thousand words. Grabe, kundi naman pambabastos at kawalang modo at propesyunalismo itong dalawang to.” (These two gentlemen are rude, and lacking in manners and professionalism.) A statement reads at Tsinelas Ni Leni Facebook page that is known to be a huge supporter of Leni Robredo for vice president.
The caption also noted that Bongbong Marcos is a son of a dictator and Chiz Escudero is a son of the dictator’s ally. Obviously, the post is referring to none other than the late President Ferdinand Marcos as the dictator. On the other hand, Chiz’ father, the late Sorsogon Rep. Salvador Escudero once served under the Marcos regime.
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As expected, many Robredo supporters got furious after seeing the photo, noting that Senators Marcos and Escudero should apologize for their behaviour. However, Leni Robredo herself said she was not offended at all, and that she thinks that the act was not deliberate to insult her. She then explained the things that she feels are really insulting.
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“Tingin ko hindi naman deliberate iyon. Mayroon lang din na mga light moments na pampawala ng tension at hindi ko naman iyon minasama. Mas naging sensitive yata ang mga supporters lalo na noong kumalat ang picture pero ako okay lang.” Leni Robredo said, suggesting that that her supporters were being more senstive in protecting her.
However, Congresswoman Robredo noted that assassination of Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. on August 21, 1983 was her ‘political awakening.’ The Bikolana vice-presidential candidate said that many people took advantage on the gains of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution that ended the 22-year old Marcos administration.
Despite being a neophyte lawmaker, Leni Robredo emphasized that people should not forget the struggle of the Filipinos 30 years ago. The widow of former DILG Secretary Jessie Robredo added that disregarding the sacrifices of many people just to gain freedom seems to be her personal outrage, especially now that she is running for vice president.