Marcos says plunder charge filed against him is an old issue

Marcos says plunder charge filed against him is an old issue

MANILA, Philippines — Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. shrugged off the latest issue being hurled against him regarding the filing of plunder charges before the Office of the Ombudsman over the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

In an interview at his Unity Caravan in Las Pinas on Wednesday, the lawmaker branded the case as politicking by the people since they are in election season.

“Yun na nga ang problema sa atin. Everything is all about politics,” he said.

Marcos noted that the filing of the raps one month before the elections at the height of the campaign season is yet another way of derailing his vice presidential bid.

“Siyempre ginagamit yan as weapon against me. That is the nature. Kung hindi kayang ipanalo ang kampanya ang ginagawa bibigyan na lang ng problema ang kalaban,” he said.

At the same time, the senator noted that the case filed against him was an old issue.

Alleged PDAF mastermind Janet Lim Napoles had long cleared Marcos of his involvement in the controversy in the judicial affidavit she submitted before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee at the height of the hearings.

Meanwhile, Marcos got the support of the top officials of Las Pinas CIty, headed by Rep. Mark Villar and Mayor Vergel “Nene” Aguilar.

According to the local chief executive, he is supporting the senator’s vice presidential bid as he believed that they can count on him for his concern of local government units and officials because of his experience in the executive as governor of Ilocos Norte.

Aguilar endorsed Marcos together with senatorial bet Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez who both paid the former a courtesy call during the senator’s “Unity Caravan” in the city.

The endorsement is expected to deliver to Marcos and Romualdez the support of a big majority of the 350,000 registered voters in the city.

Marcos also visited Barangays Talon 1, TS Cruz and CAA Compound in Las Pinas. He also met some barangay captains in Paranaque City. Ferdinand Patinio/PNA/