March 15, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. believed that the vandalism at the People Power Monument in Quezon City glorifying his late father was part of a black propaganda against him.
“I believe this could be part of a black propaganda meant to stoke negative sentiment directed against my candidacy,” the younger Marcos said in statement released on Tuesday.
“This incident is unfortunate as it tends to inflame passions and cause a deep divide that is the polar opposite of the message of national unity that I have been working hard to spread to our people,” he added.
The People Power Monument was vandalized with graffiti, saying “Marcos pa rin!”
Malacañang decried the pro-Marcos graffiti that was painted on the lower part of the monument located along EDSA corner White Plains Avenue.
Police said the vandalism was likely committed late Monday or early Tuesday.
The graffiti has been scrubbed clean by Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities said they are now conducting an investigation to identify the persons responsible for the defacement.
Bongbong has caught up with consistent frontrunner Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero in the vice-presidential pre-election surveys.
He appealed to fellow candidates and respective supporters to elevate the political discussions to enable the public to make an intelligent choice of new leaders, “who have presented workable platforms designed to bring progress, peace and prosperity for our country.”
The People Power Monument was created in 1993 by Eduardo Castrillo to depict the thousands of Filipinos, who gathered in EDSA to oust a dictator and restore democracy in the country.
Dubbed as People Power Revolution, it ended the 21-year regime of late President Ferdinand Marcos on February 25, 1986.