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Round 2 for Robredo-Marcos in May 2022 polls

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

It will be round 2 for Vice President Leni Robredo and former Senator Ferdinand “BongBong” Marcos Jr., whom she had defeated during the 2016 vice presidential race, in the May 2022 polls.

VP Leni is banking on her track record, in terms of competence, governance, among others, against Marcos’ conflicting image and actual action, former Negros Occidental Gov. Rafael Coscolluela yesterday said.

The advantage of Marcos Jr., according to Coscolluela, a convenor of 1Sambayan in Negros Occidental, is that his image was created through the social media, which he called “Bunga sang Binutig ni Marcos (BBM), by twisting the facts on what his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos” did to the country, especially in Negros.

What is sad, Coscolluela admitted, is that many still believe him because of social media.

Marcos emerged as top choice for President in the 2022 elections in a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS). Marcos got 47 percent among respondents polled by SWS last October 20-23, followed by Vice President Leni Robredo with 18 percent.

It is very easy for a candidate to come out looking for very good in well-scripted story, Coscolluela said.

For his credit, the former governor said, Marcos has a very good scriptwriter. Unfortunately, much of the script is based on “lies and distorted” facts.  Coscolluela, adding that “our challenge is to tell the people of the truth”.

He disclosed that the Negros economy almost collapsed during the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos. Because of cronyism, the sugar industry, based on court decision, was plundered through PHILSUCOM-NASUTRA machinations, where majority of sugar planters were heavily-indebted, Coscolluela said.

I cannot understand why there are still Negrenses who will still go with Marcos. It borders on insanity if a Negrense can still say he is for a Marcos, after what Marcos did to Negros”, he stressed.*

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