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Bam Aquino on being elected alongside Imee Marcos: This is a democracy

MANILA – Re-electionist Senator Bam Aquino on Tuesday acknowledged that a “democracy” could put him and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos in the Senate chamber next year.

Aquino’s uncle, Sen. Ninoy Aquino, was a fierce critic of the administration of Marcos’ father, former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Aquino filed his certificate of candidacy just a few hours before Marcos did at the Commission on Elections office in Manila. 

“That’s the choice that people would have to make. Obviously, di naman kami magkasama sa partido. But ‘yan ‘yung maganda sa isang demokrasya, people have the choice,” he told ANC.

“We all have something to offer and in May, our people will choose and decide kung sino ba ‘yung mga tao na tingin nilang magtatrabaho at makabubuti sa ating bansa,” he said.

Aquino said he had earlier worked with Marcos’ brother, losing vice-presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, at the Senate.

“There were times na meron kaming bill na magkaparehas, may times na magkabilang panig kami. Again, this is a democracy,” he said.

“Yung taongbayan ang pipili sa amin. Hindi naman kami pupuwedeng pumili kung sino yung kalaban at kakampi namin. At the end of the day, people will decide,” he added.

September surveys place Marcos ahead of Aquino in senatorial preferences, but the lawmaker expects that his numbers would still improve as election day draws near.

“Starting today and especially next year, yung taongbayan, magiging mas mapanuri yan, they’ll really try to look sino yung mga taong makatutulong sa buhay ko, sinong hindi? We’ll see, sinong pipiliin ng mga tao,” he said.