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UP groups to fight Marcos’ palace bid

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31 of the University of the Philippines’ Manila (UP) youth organizations released a unity statement on October 2, opposing the presidential bid of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., stating that this was a desperate attempt to reclaim authority in the national government, and that he has no other claim to political power but the achievements of his father.


Among the signatories were the UP Manila Student Council, UP Manila Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity Sorority, the League of Filipino Students-UP Manila, and the Kabataan Party List-UP Manila.


The former senator was nominated last September 24, by the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan Party, founded by his father, late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, as the presidential standard-bearer.


The organizations acknowledged the sacrifice and efforts of the masses and past student leaders that allowed democracy to win out against the candidate’s father’s dictatorship, saying that, “We will learn from history and vow that we will oppose the Marcos family’s return to power at every step of the way,”


Bongbong filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) on October 08, under Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), and will no longer have President Duterte as his running mate as vice president, after he announced his recent plans of retiring from politics.


Shortly after filing his coc at the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent in Pasay City, he had this to say about the upcoming elections; “I don’t have any fight with VP (Vice President) Leni (Robredo). I am running for president, I am not fighting against anyone. Senator Ping (Lacson) is filing as we speak, so it’s not going to be that kind of election. There are many of us. I would not file my COC if I was not ready to campaign, if I was not ready to answer all your questions. I am ready to answer your questions and I am ready to campaign,”


Marcos went head to head with Robredo in the vice presidential race in 2016, which he lost and later spent much of the past years filing protests of the results; all of which were eventually dismissed by the Supreme Court.


The candidate stated that he hoped to bring all Filipinos together again to work towards a common goal, especially now amidst the challenges brought by the pandemic.

Photo: Global Voices


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