For the nth time, a Marcos loyalist from Bicol found the need to explain to netizens, particularly the Dilawans/Pinklawans why a Bicolano like him is a PBBM supporter/defender and not a Robredo supporter.
If you’ve been following Engr. Benjie Contreras Jr. for quite some time because he is a Marcos loyalist like you, ( he is the older brother of La Salle Professor Antonio Contreras) I assume you already know why he is a Marcos loyalist.
According to Engr. Contreras, their history with the Marcoses started in 1965 when former PFEM ran for President and his father was a lawyer and a member of the Nacionalista Party. Engr. Contreras’s father was so impressed with PFEM’s intelligence. A bit of trivia, Engr. Contreras’ mother was pregnant of their youngest at that time so his father made a promised that he will name the baby after Imelda if it was a girl and after PFEM, if it was a boy. Their youngest came out a boy, so the rest is history.
In the 2022 presidential election, Engr. Contreras organized the Oragon Bicol BBM-Sara campaign headquarter in Naga City together with an unnamed individual who also served as the HQ’s financier. Because of this, they experienced harassments from Leni supporters but they did not mind it.
You may now read Engr. Contreras’ original FB post below.
Sa mga nagtatanong kung bakit ang katulad kong Bicolano na mismong kababayan ni Leni Robredo sa Naga City, Camarines Sur ay isang Marcos loyalist na ngayon ay mahigpit na tagapagtanggol ni Pres. Bongbong Marcos Jr. heto po ang aking kuwento.
Namana ko ang pagiging Marcos loyalist ko sa aking mga magulang. Noong 1965 ng unang tumakbo ng pagkapangulo si Pres FEM, siya ang kandidato ng father ko na isang lawyer at NP member. Hangang-hanga ang father ko sa talino ni PFEM. Noong panahon yon buntis ang Nanay ko sa bunso namin and PFEM won over incumbent Pres Diosdado Macapagal. My father promised to name our youngest sibling Imelda if she would be a baby girl and Ferdinand if he would be a baby boy. Our youngest came out a boy so my parents named him Ferdinand.
So from 1965 until present day, the Contreras have been Marcos loyalists including Engr. Contreras’ wife who was pro-Aquino but he managed to convert her into a loyalist.
In 1968, FL Imelda Marcos with then Cam Sur Congressman Felix Fuentebella visited my paternal grandfather’s ancestral house in Buhi, Camarines Sur. I was very excited and happy to see FL Imelda Marcos who was very young then and exudingly beautiful and elegant. Walang tatalo sa kagandahan niya.
In 1969, our family voted again for PFEM and all his candidates in his re-election. From then on, my parents and our family would always support and vote PFEM and his candidates.
I first voted PFEM in 1981 presidential elections against Alejo Santos. Then in 1986 Snap Elections against Corazon Aquino.
Noong 1986 Edsa sham, malungkot kami sa pagkapatalsik kay PFEM at galit na galit kami sa pamilyang Aquino. At simula noong 1987 naging opposition ang mga parents ko pati na rin ako.
Nang mag-asawa ako noong 1986, naging asawa ko ay maka-Cory pero sa pangungumbinsi ko at paliwanag sa kanya naging Marcos supporter siya. Bawat eleksiyon mula noong 1992 hanggan ngayon palaging bumoboto kami sa isang Marcos na kumakandidato. I would always tell my 2 daughters that we would vote for a Marcos in every election until this 2022 elections.
We never supported Leni Robredo even though she’s our city mate here in Naga City because we hated the Robredos. An incident that happened in 2004 in my daughter’s school made our anger to the Robredos more and never wane.
During the 2022 elections together with my partner-financier we put up the Oragon Bicol BBM-Sara campaign headquarter here in Naga City to campaign, support and convince Nagueños to vote for BBM-Sara instead of our kababayan, Leni Robredo.
Wala kaming kilala sa BBM’s camp pero naglagay kami BBM-Sara HQ gastos lahat ng partner-financier ko habang ako naman ay ang center manager nito. Unti-unti ang aming campaign HQ ay nakilala ng mga national officials of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas kaya kahit papaano nabigyan ang aming HQ ng mga campaign materials (t-shirts, posters, and other collaterals). Kahit kami’y inaaway at inaalipusta ng mga Robredo die-hards dito sa Naga, never kaming natakot at patuloy na ikinampanya namin sina BBM-Sara. Kahit papaano naka almost 10,000 votes si PBBM dito sa Naga City na balwarte ni Robredo.
Nang manalo si PBBM at VP Sara patuloy pa rin ang pagsuporta namin sa kanila hanggan ngayon kahit galit sa amin ang karamihang supporters ni Robredo.
Source: Benjie Jr Contreras