Articulate and charming. Those two words alone describe how Ferdinand Alexander ‘Sandro’ Marcos came across to his audience at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines yesterday while delivering a speech on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on behalf of his father Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.
Senator Marcos was downed by food poisoning during a Father’s Day dinner the previous night.
The younger Marcos who is currently living and studying in the United Kingdom exhibited a slight struggle with the Tagalog portions of the speech. But people were nonetheless clearly taken by Sandro, who drew swoons from the audience when less than a minute into reading his father’s speech he stumbled into its first Tagalog words. His sheepish smile as he paused to regain his composure following that slight hitch drew even more swoons!
Caught in an ambush interview afterwards, the younger Marcos held his own clearly communicating his ideas on what it means to be the son of a senator (and one who is the only son of a former president) and to be of an age where the prospect of following his elders’ footsteps into Philippine politics was a possibility he could credibly talk about.
To Sandro, a son of a politician being open to a career in politics is the most natural thing. Call it dynasty politics if you will, but it is as natural as at least one of a lawyer’s kids likely going to law school or a farmer’s son learning his father’s trade. If one is exposed to something growing up, that something will naturally be top of mind when the time comes to choose a university course or career.
One can easily see the difference between bad breeding and good breeding — in the manner with which one respects the intelligence of his or her audience. We can’t help but compare: on one hand, the polished poise and eloquence of a Marcos scion and, on the other, the shrill infantile showbiz-speak of Kris Aquino.
The elephant in the room in this instance is the obvious question: Which of the two was raised well?
Which of the two families would Filipinos choose to represent the character of their society?
Democracy, after all, is about giving the greater public access to choice. The choices Filipinos make in the coming elections — and, for that matter, the many others that will follow it — will define their character as a people.
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