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Senatorial bet Luke Espiritu nukes Gadon, Roque on SMNI senatorial debate

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES – During the SMNI senatorial debate on Wednesday, senatorial candidate and labor lawyer Luke Espiritu got into a heated argument with fellow candidates Larry Gadon and Harry Roque about martial law atrocities.

Participants in a debate hosted by the embattled teleevangelist Apollo Quiboloy’s media network were asked how they would address the issue of children being used as scapegoats in crimes if elected senators.

Espiritu stated that he is opposed to lowering the age of criminal responsibility. He went on to say that children should be taught about human rights violations committed during the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. as well as important values such as the fact that extrajudicial killings are wrong.

Gadon took offense right away and stated, “We should not use this forum for a propaganda against the Marcoses.”

To refute Gadon’s claim that he was spreading false information, Espiritu cited Amnesty International figures on the tens of thousands of Filipinos imprisoned and tortured during martial law.

“It’s a matter of record,” said Espiritu.

He also chastised Gadon twice for interrupting his speech when rebuttal was not yet due. “It’s my time. Huwag kang bastos (Do not be rude),” Espiritu told Gadon, who was recently suspended by the Supreme Court for his profanity-laden rant againt a female journalist.

Roque’s time was spent clearing presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. of crimes committed during the Marcos regime.

Espiritu questioned Roque’s decision to switch allegiance to the Marcoses despite the fact that he was a human rights lawyer who had previously fought for martial law victims.

Espiritu said he is against lowering the age of criminal responsibility. He added children should be taught about human rights violations committed during the term of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. and important values, including that extrajudicial killings are wrong.

“It’s a matter of record,” said Espiritu, who is running under the senatorial slate of Leody de Guzman and Walden Bello.

He also called out Gadon twice for interrupting his speech even if it was not yet time for rebuttal.

“It’s my time. Huwag kang bastos (Do not be rude),” Espiritu told Gadon, who was recently suspended by the Supreme Court for his profanity-laden rant againt a female journalist.

Roque used his time to clear presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. of the crimes committed during the Marcos regime.

Espiritu questioned Roque for shifting allegiance to the Marcoses despite being a human rights lawyer, who previously fought for martial law victims.

“With all due respect to Atty. Harry Roque, I know your history. You were anti-Marcos before. You were for human rights before. You spent your life against the Marcoses. You worked for human rights. And now that you were given a Senate spot under the party of Bongbong Marcos, now you cry hallelujah and praise Marcos,” the senatorial bet said.

Roque replied: “There is nothing respectful with what you said against me. Ang katotohanan ang pinaguusapan hindi ang patay na Marcos, ang pinaguusapan ay ang buhay na Marcos. Sa akin panagutin ang nagkasala, ang hindi gumawa ng kasalanan wag natin idamay sa sisi.”

(The truth is we are discussing not the Marcos who is dead but the Marcos who is alive. We should hold to account those who sinned and not blame those who have not done wrong)

Marcos, whose family has been accused of amassing billions of dollars in ill-gotten wealth, has denied he is running for president to vindicate his family name.

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