Cayetano hits at Marcos on corruption issue during vice presidential debate

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Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano (L) and Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. (R)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Vice presidential candidates Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. engaged in a heated exchange over one of the most important issues in the country: corruption.

At the only official PiliPinas 2016 vice presidential debate, organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) with CNN Philippines and media partner Business Mirror, at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Quadricentennial Pavilion on Sunday (April 10), all the candidates were asked how they would ensure that they could fight corruption if elected.

Cayetano said that he, Sen. Gringo Honasan and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV had been the only ones who had put their lives on the line in the battle against corruption.

Then he took shots at Marcos.

"Nagulat po ako sabi ni Senador Bongbong, wala daw bahid ang kanilang pamilya. Ten billion dollars ang nanakaw nung panahon nila, 450 billion pesos," he said.

Cayetano also mentioned that Marcos' statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) amounted to as much as P500 million.

"Sa SALN ni Senador Bongbong 200 to 500 million pesos po, e never ka naman nagtrabaho kundi sa gobyerno, san mo kukunin ang ganung kalaking pera?" he asked Marcos.

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Posted by CNN Philippines on Sunday, April 10, 2016

Cayetano then asked why Marcos was never present at hearings concerning corruption issues.

"Anong hearing sa corruption nakita niyo nag-appear ang isang Bongbong Marcos? Kahit anong issue sa corruption wala siya dun," he said.

Marcos replied that he never appeared because he didn't want to be part of politicking in those hearings.

"Dahil maliwanag na maliwanag sa akin na ang kanilang ginagawa ay hindi anti-corruption kundi pamumulitika," Marcos said.

Cayetano also touched on the Marcoses ill-gotten wealth, but Marcos said they continued to abide by the rulings of the Supreme Court on such cases.

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Posted by CNN Philippines on Sunday, April 10, 2016