DAVAO CITY – Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos was heckled during his opening statement at the Vice Presidential debate on Sunday, April 10.

Marcos was cut for an estimate of 24 seconds during the 1 minute and 45 seconds given to each candidate.

Some group in the audience can be heard shouting “never again to Martial Law.”

During the incident, debate hosts Pinky Webb reminded the audience that heckling is not allowed. Webb then requested that the hecklers be escorted out of the Quadricentennial Pavilion at the University of Sto. Tomas.

In a statement, the group called Carmma or Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang said “not learning the lessons of the past makes one vulnerable to mistakes already committed.”

“The despot father of Marcos Jr – had been allowed to arrest and maim and kill countless Filipinos, and plunder the economy in the guise of building a New Society.  In truth, Marcos wanted to become president for life and after him, the rest of the Marcoses,” it said.

Bonifacio Ilagan, convenor of Carmma said Marcos “is a swindler who styles himself as the proponent of our “bright future” without acknowledging that he came – and profited much — from one of the darkest and most evil chapters in Philippine history.”

The group said the candidates should tell the people the source of their campaign funds.

The debate was organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) with CNN Philippines and Business Mirror. (davaotoday.com)

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