Cayetano likens Marcos wealth to Napoles money

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(L-R) Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and Sen. Bongbong Marcos

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — In what one of the anchors described as similar to a recent Pacquiao-Bradley fight, senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. slugged it out on Sunday (April 10) during the official vice presidential debates carried by CNN Philippines over free TV Channel 9.

After being at each other's throats over a previous topic on corruption, Cayetano and Marcos were at it again when the issue of political dynasties was brought up.

The heated exchange was sparked when Marcos said that voters should not look at the candidates' family names in choosing a vice president, and instead look at their track records.

This got Cayetano's hackles up.

"Kalimutan ang pangalan? Kalimutan ang history?" Cayetano blurted out, in obvious reference to Marcos' lineage and the martial law years of his father, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, Sr.

[Translation: "Forget the names? Forget history?]

Marcos quickly clarified that he was taken out of context, and he didn't mention anything about forgetting history.

But Cayetano followed up by posing a hypothetical scenario: What if thirty years later, a grandson or granddaughter of suspected pork barrel scam ringleader Janet Lim-Napoles ran for public office?

He pointed out that wouldn't the campaign money to be used by such a candidate be coming from stolen pork barrel — in the same vein that Marcos' money was from the "ill-gotten" wealth of his parents.

With this analogy, Cayetano harped on the fact that Marcos remained his father's son — and the sins of the father reflected on his descendants.

Stand on anti-political dynasty

All of the six vice presidential bets said they were in favor of passing an anti-political dynasty law — with Cayetano, Marcos and Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero admitting that they belonged to a political clan.

Is it time to pass an anti-dynasty law?

Marcos pointed out that among the VP bets, he was the first one who wrote an anti-political dynasty provision.

The Liberal Party's Leni Robredo also said she was one of the co-authors of an anti-political dynasty bill, noting that there should be equal opportunities for everyone.

Cayetano said he would not be against such measure.

Meanwhile, Escudero said he would not participate in any deliberation regarding such measure as he came from a political clan. Trillanes even pointed out the Escudero's mother was sitting as a representative of Sorsogon.

For his part, Sen. Gringo Honasan said lawmakers must tread carefully as a political dynasty had yet to be defined by law.