'Marcos loyalists did not fight for him in 1986' --- Trillanes

Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who is running again for senator in 2022, posed two questions to loyalists of the late former dictator, President Ferdinand Marcos, whose son, Bongbong Marcos Jr., is seeking to return the family to the most powerful seat in the country.

Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (FILE PHOTO/MANILA BULLETIN)

In his Facebook post on Monday, Oct. 25, Trillanes noted that the People Power revolt became successful because Marcos “loyalists” did not fight for the late dictator.

“Kung talagang maayos na presidente si Marcos, bakit sya pinatalsik ng mga Pilipino noong 1986 at tinalikuran pa sya ng AFP (If Marcos was a good president, why did Filipinos have to overthrow him in 1986 and the AFP even turned their back on him)?” he asked.

“At bakit hindi sya ipinaglaban ng mga loyalista nya kung totoong nasa tama sya at maraming nagmamahal sa kanya noon (And why didn’t his loyalists fight for him if he was in the right and if many love him back then)?,” he added.

Trillanes, chair of the Magdalo Party, hopes that Filipinos will think about that as they cast their votes in 2022.

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“Pumili ng tama (Choose right),” he said, and followed his post with the hashtag #LeniKiko2022 to show support for the tandem of Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Kiko Pangilinan, under whose ticket he is running as senator.

Trillanes has been a vocal supporter of Robredo and at one time was even rumored to be her vice presidential running mate.

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The Marcoses supporters have been ramping up their efforts to campaign for Marcos Jr., a former senator. They claim that Martial Law, which started the spate of human rights violations and abuses in the country, is the golden years of the Philippines.

The Marcos family has looted more than $10 billion from the country’s coffers, according to international media reports and decisions of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and US federal courts.