Press Release
April 12, 2016

Cayetano to Bongbong: This is about the people's money not elections
(Kicker: Alan vows to hound Marcos on corruption charges)

"This is not about the elections. This is about returning the people's money."

Vice presidential aspirant and Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano said this as he stood by the points that he presented during last Sunday's PiliPinas 2016 Vice Presidential Debate hosted by CNN Philippines at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST).

During the debate, Cayetano drew attention to the issues of corruption hounding his rival, Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. He particularly cited the plunder allegations that the Marcos family faced during martial law and Sen. Marcos' alleged involvement in the PDAF scam.

In an exclusive interview with the Inquirer on Monday, Cayetano narrated how Marcos approached him on stage after the debate and told him, "it won't work," mocking his attempt of pressing his rival on the record of his family's ill-gotten wealth and torture accusations.

Cayetano said he never expected Marcos to say those words to him, but he noted that he remains unfazed by Marcos' reaction.

"I will not relent in pursuing the truth behind his family's ill-gotten wealth. Senator Marcos has to understand that this is not about the elections or politics. This is about returning the people's money, money which he and his family used to enrich themselves and fund their return to power," Cayetano stressed.

Cayetano clarified that what he did was not a political strategy. "I would have done the same thing to any official involved in a corruption anomaly, whether or not I am running for a position in government," he said.

"Hangga't hindi naaalis sa posisyon ang mga korap at ang naging produkto ng pagnanakaw ng mga nakaraang administrasyon, hindi matitigil ang gulo, hindi magkakaroon ng tunay na pagbabago. Ito ang tanging dahilan kung bakit patuloy akong lumalaban, 'di dahil sa pulitika, kundi para sa kapakanan ng bawat Pilipino," Cayetano ended.

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