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Senatorial candidate Atty. Luke Espiritu trends Wednesday night over his now-viral statements chastising fellow senatorial hopefuls Atty. Larry Gadon and Harry Roque.
During the SMNI Senatorial Debate 2022, Espiritu did not hold back with his rebuttals to Gadon and Roque on issues involving the Marcoses and martial law atrocities.
Responding to a question, Espiritu maintains he is against lowering the age of criminal responsibility and that children should learn about the human rights violations committed during the term of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
Gadon took offense and said the forum should not be used for propaganda against the Marcoses— to which Espiritu hurled back with figures from Amnesty International.
"It's a matter of record," said Espiritu. "Binuksan mo ang usapan, 'wag mo akong pagbawalan. I go by the record, Amnesty International 3,257 ang pinatay noong panahon ni Marcos, 35,000 ang mga, it's my time 'wag kang bastos, it's my time," he told Gadon.
He also called out the suspended for interrupting him multiple times even if it was not yet time for him to speak: "It's my time. Huwag kang bastos.”
Moreover, when it was his time to speak, former presidential spokesman Harry Roque vouched that Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has nothing to do with the crimes committed during his father’s regime.
Espiritu then blasted Roque for shifting allegiance to the Marcoses when he used to be a staunch critic of the former first family, as well as a human rights lawyer who fought for martial law victims.
"With all due respect to Atty. Harry Roque, I know your history. You were anti-Marcos before. You were for human rights before. You spent your life against the Marcoses. You worked for human rights. And now that you were given a Senate spot under the party of Bongbong Marcos, now you cry hallelujah and praise Marcos," Espiritu said.
Atty. Espiritu is running under the senatorial slate of Leody de Guzman and Walden Bello while both Gadon and Roque are running under the UniTeam of Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
Here are some tweets related to this story:
Atty. Luke Espiritu from unknown to a fucking legend. Balls of steel to say "WAG KANG BASTOS" to Gadon on live tv 😂— juju (@jujurodriguez07) March 3, 2022
Atty. Luke Espiritu WENT FROM BEING UNKNOWN TO BEING A LEGEND 🙌— KDramaTruth 🎬 (@Truthsayer0000) March 3, 2022
Gad0n being exposed ~ WAG KANG BASTOS
R0que being exposed as TWO FACED & BALIMBING https://t.co/BWOJkwIatV
ATTY. LUKE:— Princess D (@PrinceszDjana) March 2, 2022
“IT’S MY TIME! WAG KANG BASTOS!”
“I KNOW UR HISTORY! U WERE ANTI-MARCOS B4! U WERE 4 HUMAN RIGHTS B4!
SHUT UP GADON! 🤣😂
SIT DOWN ROQUE! 🤣😂
#26 ATTY. LUKE ESPIRITU ADD TO CART NA BA MGA BESH? 😁
if you want to feel good today, watch this clip of luke espiritu exposing the scam that is ha/rry ro/que— aivan 🌹 (@tagaislah) March 2, 2022
The way Luke Espiritu said “Wag kang bastos!” and every molecule of Larry Gadon got called out. It’s like the whole world stopped turning, and every living being turned their head to look at SMNI, at the podiums, then at Gadon, and in disgust, nodded.— Kristoffer Pasion (@indiohistorian) March 2, 2022
Luke Espiritu is a labor lawyer and organizer. President of Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino. He has been fighting against contractualization and abolishing manpower agencies. He’s one of Ka Leody and Walden’s senatorial picks.— aivan 🌹 (@tagaislah) March 2, 2022
He deserves a senate seat! #26 Espiritu pic.twitter.com/2wND20ZkhU
Atty. Luke Espiritu is the bardagulan king we need in the Senate. PLEASE FCKING VOTE FOR HIM. WE DON'T NEED ROBIN PADILLA OR LARRY GADON OR EVEN HARRY ROQUE SITTING IN THE SENATE.— 𝕁𝕠𝕤𝕙 𝔽𝕠𝕩 (@joshuaceefox) March 2, 2022