Family relations shatter because of political differences. It is just so amazing that Bongbong Marcos’s family thrive in preserving them despite tensions.
It is not a secret that Mar Roxas Araneta is the cousin of Bongbong Marcos’ wife, Atty. Liza Araneta Marcos. This was evident when Bongbong Marcos’s son Sandro wished his cousin Paolo Roxas, Mar Roxas’ son, good luck just a few days before the May 10, 2016 election. It said that he hopes to see the latter after the elections. This is a very clear proof that politics is just one side of their life. Their strong relations would remain – no matter what.
Popularity in America
The Liberal Party’s vocal supporters happen to be Filipino-Americans. Vice President Leni Robredo, Bongbong Marcos’ rival in the position was warmly welcomed by the Filipino community in the United States. However, Bongbong Marcos who refers to Hawaii as the best prison in the world – as experienced during his family’s exile, also shares the same popularity. Popular in the sense that the US for once became his temporary domicile. Another thing is the tremendous sufferings that the Marcoses bear with grace and class when the American media propaganda was launched to destroy his father. It also vowed to destroy the whole family as perpetuated by the late media man and ex-senator, Benigno or Ninoy Aquino.
Hidden in their Hearts
Filipinos would either bite their lips to keep themselves quite upon hearing these criticisms against the Marcoses abroad – or be vocal no matter what it takes. The uncertainty right now is the confusing opinions of these overseas Filipinos. Some were against Bongbong Marcos’s presidency bid due perhaps to the martial law aftermath blamed to them. Although most sufferings were the results of the betrayal of their trusted allies. One the other hand, many are real pro-Marcos because it cannot be denied that the Marcos regime was indeed the country’s Golden Era.
Another source of Bongbong’s popularity can be from his family’s relatives. Many of them migrated to America. Not to mention the relatives of his wife Liza who can neutralize past hatreds to the Marcoses with their current relations with Liberal’s bet, Mar Roxas.
A temporary schedule of former President Ferdinand Marcos burial is already set at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. This is approved by the current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. So, despite rallies, Supreme Court delays and other hindrances, this is expected to push through. Just because of the strong backing of the President. People going against it would definitely taste the roughness of Duterte.
Clear Speculations for Peace
Bongbong Marcos has shown in his family’s values how Filipinos should be. His tough plight during his tender tears when his father was ousted did not make him a hateful person. Instead, he believes that speculations with anything must be cleared first – to allow peace to materialize. Perhaps, he is the unifying soon to be president that Filipinos are dreaming of. Perhaps not. What can you say? Will you put him in the position to clear the accusations against his father?