Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Friday warned the electorate against candidates who piggyback on their parents' achievements without much to prove on their own, as he rued how partisan politics is creeping into TikTok.
Moreno did not specifically name his rival for the presidency, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr, whose supporters trumpet the Philippines' so-called golden age under the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. in TikTok videos.
Marcos is the only one to have filed a certificate of candidacy as of Friday who is also the child of a former president. The daughter of incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, is being urged to run to succeed him.
"Kung patuloy na maghahari at patuloy na mamamayagpag ang mga anak na pinagpala na silang namahala for 30 years, 40 years, sila-sila lang nagkopyahan, palitan. Higante dito, higante roon. Pakulong dito, ipakulong doon. My daddy din, my father din. Then aasa tayo ng ibang bagay? Niloloko natin ang sarili natin," Moreno told a youth gathering in Cabuyao, Laguna.
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“Wala silang maikukuwento dahil wala silang kuwenta. Ang dapat tanungin: where were you when we needed you most? Hindi what my father did -- what did you do? Where were you?”
Moreno reminded his audience to be mindful of the content they see on social media.
“Pati TikTok pinasok na ng pulitika. Dati saya-saya lang 'yun e pang-alis ng buryong sa buhay... Ginapang na, wala nang pinatawad. E ang TikTok chill-chill lang e," he said.
"Ginagamitan kayo ng teknolohiya, unti-unting nilalabo ang mata ninyo para 'pag nilabo ang mata ninyo, hindi kayo magtatanong. Kasi ang maaalala ninyo 'yung chismis, pero 'di nyo na makikita ang tunay."