Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Friday fired back at his rival for the presidency in 2022, Vice President Leni Robredo, for saying that his stand on the Marcos family was a non-negotiable in their failed unity talks.
Moreno said the world need not revolve around the decades-long feud between the Aquino and Marcos families and their heirs, at one time mentioning the word "yellowtard".
"Marcos na naman? Bakit kailangan uminog ang mundo namin ngayon sa away ng Marcos at Aquino? Sa away ng anak ni Marcos, at mga anak at kasama ng yellowtards? Ay pink na pala, sorry," said Moreno, using the derogatory term for Liberal Party members and supporters.
Early Friday, Robredo had said while stopping the Marcoses from returning to Malacañang is among her reasons for running, her ultimate goal is to put an end to the brand of leadership that is reigning in the country.
"Ang nilalabanan natin 'yung masamang pamamahala na siya yung nagiging sanhi ng mga problemang pinagdadaanan natin ngayon. 'Yung bulok na klase ng pulitika na paulit-ulit na nangyayari ngayon," she said.
More than a rivalry between two political families, the Marcos family is accused of stealing $10 billion from state coffers, plunging generations into debt and poverty. Their iron-fisted rule was also marked by a raft of human rights violations and the death and disappearance of thousands.
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"Karapatan ko rin naman tumakbo 'diba? Akala ko ba, nagra-rally sila ng demokrasya? Bakit, 'yung demokrasya ba, sila lang ang may-ari? O 'yung demokrasya, pina-practice ng isang daan milyong mahigit na Pilipino?" Moreno said.
Moreno also criticized Robredo for running as an independent.
"You cannot talk of unity, you yourself, hindi mo nga ma-unify ang sarili mo. You're not even proud of your party. Oh my God, how can you... kung kaya mong iwan ang mga kasama mo, paano pa kaya kaming mga 110 million Filipinos?" he said.
"Sila gagawa ng friction pero 'di ako nagpapapatol d'yan kaya lang, I have to tell 'yung pakiramdam ng taumbayan. Pagod na, kaya nga nainidoro sila e," he said.