Updated 19:00 PM PHT Wed, April 27, 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — "You have to remember: '86 was 30 years ago."
Vice presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos II reiterated why he manages to keep his cool when asked about questions pertaining to Martial Law: it is all in the past.
During a luncheon for digital media in Makati on Wednesday (April 27), Marcos claimed he never panicked when Martial Law-related questions are hurled at him because "there is a perfectly good answer."
"Even when it's clearly biased questions [meant] not to illicit an answer but really to attack you," said Marcos.
"Even that, may dahilan naman. Meron naman talagang katwiran. You just explain it as best you can."
[Translation: Even that, there's a reason. There is a justification. You just explain it as best you can.]
The lawmaker said history will speak for itself, citing two different kinds of people who asks questions: those who pose sincere and honest questions, while those who are simply prejudiced.
"As I've said, there are people who ask the question to attack you. So no matter what you say, it won't make a difference because they just don't like you, anyway," Marcos said.
A political move
During the only official vice presidential debate hosted by CNN Philippines, Commission on Elections (Comelec), Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), and Business Mirror, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano fired shots at Marcos.
Cayetano criticized Marcos for his alleged absences during corruption-related hearings, claiming that Marcos was involved in the Napoles-led pork barrel scam.
Cayetano also mentioned the P170 billion worth of Marcos ill-gotten wealth recovered by the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).
While Marcos kept his usual calm demeanor during the debate, he admitted that he was surprised at how "aggressive" Cayetano was during the debate.
"Why in all the years you (Cayetano) were in my house, eating my food and drinking my drink, you did not say it?" Marcos quipped.
"Why when your father was in my father's government did you not say something then?"
That is why, for Marcos, even when Cayetano's questions were "valid", they are still "clearly a political move."
"Because he feels it's a standard political strategy to attack the leading candidate to get yourself more focus, more attention," said Marcos.
Marcos revealed he has not spoken to Cayetano since the start of the campaign, amid belonging to the same party.
However, Marcos hopes all candidates will be able to put aside politics once the election fever is over.
"Once the political cycle is done... We should put aside politics and move on and think about what it is that we need to do. what we need to achieve, how we can all work together to fix the problems... To move the country forward," said Marcos.