Nene Pimentel widow slams PDP-Laban Cusi faction’s Marcos endorsement

The widow of PDP-Laban co-founder Nene Pimentel has slammed the endorsement of Bongbong Marcos’ presidential bid by a faction of the party, which was formed to fight the Marcos dictatorship.

“Bilang maybahay ni Nene Pimentel at testigo sa pagtatag ng PDP-Laban, ang puso ko’y umiiyak at naaawa sa ating Bayan,” Lourdes Pimentel said in a statement on Sunday. “Ang mga magnanakaw ng ating bayan ay ninakaw din ang PDP-Laban na binuo kasamang dugo at sakripisyo ng mga tao tulad nina Nene Pimentel, Ninoy Aquino at Lorenzo Tañada, ay walang hiyang gagamitin para suportahan ang kandidatura ng isang taong hindi karapat-dapat maging pangulo ng ating Bayan.”

Pimentel also urged Marcos’ supporters not to turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to the fact that he was “weighed but found wanting” of qualities that make a true leader.

“Dear Filipinos, let us all think about what is good for our country,” she said.

“Ang PDP-Laban ay binuo para labanan ang katiwalian ng rehimeng Marcos at lahat ng rehimeng yuyurak sa ating kalayaan at demokrasya. History will show what I mean,” she added.

[Translation: PDP-Laban was formed to fight the abuses by the Marcos regime and other regimes that will ruin the country’s freedom and democracy.]

She called on the people to choose a leader who is God-fearing, sincere, fair, persevering, competent and is neither greedy for money nor authority. The next president should also have the capability to fight for human rights and the common good.

In an interview with CNN Philippines last week, her son Sen. Koko Pimentel said he pities the “transactional” endorsement from the PDP-Laban faction headed by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi. He also bared that Marcos is already their fourth choice for president after months of having no candidate to endorse.

The younger Pimentel is supporting the PDP-Laban faction headed by Sen. Manny Pacquiao. Pimentel is also backing the presidential bid of Pacquiao, who ran under PROMDI, pending the decision from the Commission on Elections on which faction is the legitimate PDP-Laban.

Under the Marcos regime, over 11,000 people fell victim to summary execution, torture, and other human rights violations, according to the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act. Amnesty International estimated that at least 70,000 were imprisoned and 34,000 were tortured.

Former Presidential Commission on Good Governance chair Andres Bautista estimated that the government is yet to retrieve at least $6 billion from the Marcos family.

The heirs of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. have also yet to pay their estate taxes, which have ballooned from ₱23 billion in 1997 to over ₱203 billion.

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