February 24, 2010
Bongbong may use “reclaimed” ill-gotten wealth in campaign
PMP Senate bet JV Bautista warns that a Marcos family comeback will erase EDSA gains
A day shy of the 24th anniversary of the EDSA People Power I Revolution which toppled the Marcos dictatorship, a Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) Senate bet warns that Nacionalista Senatoriable Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is “in a position” to use “reclaimed ill-gotten wealth” for his senatorial campaign.
“His unrepentant stance on the sins of his father may be indicative of his willingness to use ill-gotten wealth, gradually reclaimed, for his and his family’s electoral bids,” said former Rep. JV Bautista, a member of the PMP senatorial slate.
JV Bautista explained that a “successful Marcos family comeback” will “erase the gains of the EDSA I revolution.”
“We cannot let this happen. We cannot let the crimes of the Marcos dictatorship be forgotten, as much as we cannot let the corruption of Arroyo be erased by the next administration,” JV Bautista insisted.
Reclaiming Ill-gotten Wealth
JV Bautista cites the recent victory of the Marcos family over the 25-hectare property in Cabuyao, Laguna that the government had confiscated in 1988 and turned over to the Department of Tourism for “administration and maintenance”.
The Sandiganbayan Fourth Division ruled that the government has no valid claim over the Canlubang Mansion after it failed to include it in the list of assets that it is seeking to recover from the Marcoses.
“We cannot let the Marcoses reclaim everything, the entire $10 billion worth of ill-gotten wealth, due to government incompetence and collusion of some Marcos Trojan horses,” JV Bautista said.
The PMP Senatoriable likened Marcos Jr. to controversial Presidential son and current Pampanga 2nd district Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo, saying that “Bongbong benefitted from his father’s kleptocratic excesses as much as Mikey is benefitting from her mother’s.”
“If this is to happen, then we might as well imagine Mikey, as early as 2016 or 2019, becoming a senator of the republic,” JV Bautista said.
Rep. Mikey Arroyo is hounded by several controversies and allegations of corruptions, most recent of which is his ballooning net-worth and P63.7-million beachfront property in the United States.
JV Bautista earlier defended colleague Sen. Jinggoy Estrada who was being compared to Rep. Arroyo.
“He (Jinggoy) is far better between the two of them (he and Mikey). The other guy (Mikey) merely won in Pampanga while Jinggoy won all over the country,” JV earlier said.
JV Bautista added that he is continuing on the “historical task of reminding the people of the crimes of the dictatorship” even if two of his leftist comrades, Reps. Satur Ocampo and Lisa Maza, are in the Nacionalista slate together with Marcos.
“I understand that some of my anti-dictatorship peers, Satur and Lisa, are in a compromised position and may have difficulty attacking their senatorial teammate, but still, I’m going to go after Bongbong for the millions of Filipinos asking for justice,” JV stated.
The UNO senatoriable says that the best way to celebrate EDSA I People Power Revolution is to be vigilant this election and to “close the all doors of governments for all forms of dictatorship, from the Marcos-type to the Arroyo-type.” -30-