The mother of Sen. Bam Aquino revealed the secret campaign advice that she has given her son for almost 40 years.
According to the 74-year-old Melanie Aquino, the secret language of encouragement that she has always told Sen. Bam, especially when the going gets tough, is “Day one– Unang araw! Bagong araw!”
“Makaraan ang halos 40 taon, ito pa rin ang payo ko kay Bam, ang bawat araw ay bagong simula, tuloy ang laban,” she stressed during the inauguration of Sen. Bam’s volunteer headquarters in Katipunan, Quezon City.
Melanie is no stranger to politics as she accompanied Sen. Bam, who was six years old then, to different opposition rallies where he was invited as speaker.
“Anim na taon pa lang si Bam, volunteer na ako sa kanyang pangangampanya para sa demokrasya,” said Melanie.
“Kapag mahirap ang laban, sinasabi ko sa kanya anak, isipin mo unang araw ngayon. Ito ang unang araw para sa bagong sigla, bagong sikap, bagong tapang at bagong lakas,” she added.
Melanie acknowledged that this campaign will be an uphill climb for his son due to the black propaganda and fake news propagated by his online critics, but she encouraged her son to continue the fight.
“Noon, mahirap ang laban para sa demokrasya. Ngayon, mahirap pa rin ang laban dahil sa tindi ng mga paninira at kasinungalingan,” said Melanie.