Issue on corruption: A showdown between former friends Cayetano and Marcos

enablePagination: false
maxItemsPerPage: 10
totalITemsFound:
maxPaginationLinks: 10
maxPossiblePages:
startIndex:
endIndex:

In heated arguments on corruption during the vice presidential debates: (L) Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and (R) Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The first and only vice presidential debate has proven to be an equally interesting, if not more thought-provoking debate, as the presidential debates.

The first topic— corruption—an issue that clearly strikes the hearts of Filipinos.

This resulted in a heated exchange between colleagues, senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, who both said during the debate that they are good friends.

Marcos said, in his long stint as a politician, both locally and as a senator, he was not dragged into any issue of corruption.

Cayetano struck down Marcos’ claims, saying the Marcos family has been involved in ill-gotten wealth during the administration of former president Ferdinand Marcos Sr.’s administration.

Nagulat po ako mga kababayan, sabi ni senator Bongbong walang bahid ang kanilang pamilya. Ten billion dollars ang nanakaw nung panahon nila, 450 billion pesos. Nung isang lingo lang po, nagulat ako, 205 million po nilagay sa Napoles na mga NGO, pork barrel po yun ng hindi ng tatay nya pero sya,” Cayetano said.

[Translation: I was surprised my fellow countrymen, senator Bongbong said his family is clear of this issue. $10 billion was stolen during his father's regime, that's P450 billion. the other week, I was surprised, P205 million was put in Napoles NGO, that's pork barrel, not of his father but his.]

Cayetano added, if Marcos gets elected as the next vice president, it might be possible that his family’s ill-gotten wealth may reach up to $100 billion.

Marcos quickly dismissed Cayetano’s claims saying it has no basis.

Unang una yang malalaking numero na nababanggit ng ating kasamahan dito ay wala naman pong pinanggalingan kaya nagtataka ako kung saan kinuha ng mapakalaking numero na kinuha nya. Nagtataka naman ako na sa tagal naming pagsasama ni senator alan, ilang taon na kami magkasama kami sa partido, magkasama sa senado wala syang binabanggit na inaalala nya tungkol dyan,” Marcos said.

[Translation: First of all our colleague here mentions big numbers, which have no basis. I'm wondering where he got it. I also wonder, Senator Alan and I are together in a longtime, we are allies and we are both in the Senate but he does not mention about any of these.]

Marcos added, if there are strong pieces of evidence against him, the present administration would have used it against him already.

Sa PDAF, nasagot na nasa atin yan. Kung may ebidensyang yan ay gagamitin ng gobyernong ito laban sa akin,” said Marcos. “You must remember, I am a Marcos, and the president is an Aquino.”

[Translation: We have already answered the issue on PDAF. If there is evidence, I'm sure that the government will use it against me.]

Cayetano: Only three of us fought against corruption

Cayetano pointed out, of all the candidates in the stage, he can only acknowledge three of them who have truly fought corruption— Trillanes, Honasan, and him. Cayetano said, only the three of them were willing to risk their lives in fighting for corruption.

Sabihin nyo anong isyu ng corruption sa ating bansa ang wala dun si Alan Cayetano? Edsa 1, Edsa 2, kay Binay, kay Arroyo, sa SSS, sa fertilizer scam, lahat po dun nandun kami at lumaban.”

[Translation: Tell me, which issue on corruption I was not present? Edsa 1, Edsa 2, on Binay, on Arroyo, on SSS, on fertilizer scam, I was there and I fought.]

Cayetano went on and said in the Philippines, only small-time thieves go to jail, instead of the big-time plunderers.

Sa Pilipinas pag antibiotics, pandesal ang nanakawin mo sigurado huli ka. Pero pag nagnakaw ka ng malaki sigurado magiging congressman ka, pag mas malaki nanakawin mo magiging senador ka. Pag barkada mo si Napoles, syempre si Napoles i-cli-clear ka, barkada mo sya e. Magiging vice president ka,” Cayetano said referring to Marcos as alleged PDAF scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles’ friend.

[Translation: In the Philippines, if you steal antibiotics or bread, you get jailed. But if you steal big amount, you become congressman. If you still bigger amount, you become a senator. If you are friends with Napoles, of course Napoles will clear your name because you're her friend, you will be a vice president.]

Marcos quickly rebutted with a question to Cayetano: “I was just wondering, is that how he became a congressman? Is that how he became a senator?” Marcos added: “That’s not how I became congressman, that’s not how I became a senator.”

Cayetano insisted, Marcos is linked to the PDAF scam, saying he got angry with Cayetano when the former asked PDAF scam witness Maia Santos to attend the Senate inquiry on the issue.

The senator also insisted that his colleague failed to attend and deliberately refused to attend the probe on PDAF scam, insinuating that Marcos personally knows Napoles, who cleared Marcos from the issue.

In response, Marcos said he did not attend the hearings because he would not want to be involved in a probe being used for political agenda.

Dahil maliwanag sa akin na ang ginagawa nila ay hindi anti-corruption kundi pamumulitika. Hindi po ako sasama sa ganyang klaseng pamumulitika na itinataya at ginagamit ang dapat na pangtulong sa ating mga kababayan ang pamumulitika, ang kunwari na anti-corruption. Yun lang pala ay itinataas ang kanyang sariling bangko.”

[Translation: It's clear to me that the probe is not an anti-corruption move but a politically-motivated one. I will not participate in that kind of politicking, where the people's money is being used for some people's political motives. It turns out that some would only want to show-off.]

The two vice presidential candidates only cooled down when the moderators diverted the discussion to the other candidates, and asked about several different issues aside from corruption.