Two activist leaders who are connected to Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), and Gabriela, reportedly tried to blackmail the family of former President Ferdinand Marcos, a day before his 100th birthday celebration at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani (LNMB)on Monday.
According to Col. Prospero Buenaflor, head of VIP security assigned to the Marcos family, the two people identified themselves as officials of the said groups went to the condo unit of former Senator Bongbong Marcos on Sunday.
The two did not pose any threat so the guard assisted and allowed them to speak to the former senator.
The two reportedly demanded P5 million pesos in exchange of not protesting the next day celebration.
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Buenaflor said that the young Marcos ignored the pair after hearing their demand, and asked security to escort them outside.
“Cases like this is common. This is how these people make money. If you bite the bait, you’ll lose money for nothing,” Buenaflor said.
Political scientist and Ateneo Professor Bernie Loro said activists are making money in both ways, especially if there are major government-related celebrations.
“They can ask both parties for money in return for any unreasonable favors. Whether the Marcoses will pay or not, these people will still go out and shout. This is how these groups are being funded”, Loro said.
Sen. Marcos did not give additional details when asked, but hinted that he is immune to such people.
“Immune na tayo diyan at hindi na mawawala yang mga ganyang klaseng tao”, Marcos said without identifying the two people whom he said he knew. /Joy Valle/