Vice Presidential candidate Leni Robredo asked her rival, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, to return the money and assets the Marcos family allegedly stole from government coffers during his father’s dictatorial regime.
“Hindi naman para sa akin ‘yun, hindi naman para sa amin na mga katunggali sa pulitika. Para iyon sa mga biktima ng human rights violations so kailangan talaga isauli,” she said.
“Hindi naman yun paninira kasi talagang nangyari. Yung datos nandiyan, yung lahat na may mga judgments yung korte na hindi pa nasa-satisfy kasi hindi sila sumusunod ng judgment,” she added.
In her previous statements, Robredo mentioned the verdicts handed down by a Singapore court as well as a US court, whose claims have yet to be paid. It was estimated that the Marcos ill-gotten wealth amounts to about $10 billion (P466 bilyon). Only less than half has been recovered by the government through the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), and there are still pending cases.
“Mabuti naman hindi na lang ako ngayon ang boses kasi for a very long time, parang ako lang yung may boses na ikondena yung nangyari noon. Ngayon at least may mga nagboboses nang iba,” she said.
Robredo has been consistently vocal in her stance against Martial Law and historical revisionism.
It can be recalled that at the GO-Negosyo vice presidential forum held March 14, Robredo reacted to the statement of another vice presidential candidate Chiz Escudero that the EDSA People Power Revolution anniversary seemed to be just about the Aquino-Marcos rift. She said that EDSA is not just personal to Bongbong Marcos and to President Aquino, but also a way to recover the ill-gotten wealth and give justice to the many victims of martial law.
When the young Marcos defended his father’s declaration of Martial Law stating that it was justified due to the problems in Muslim Mindanao and with the communist insurgency, Robredo countered: “Kung ‘yun [insurgencies] ‘yung dahilan, bakit nagkaroon ng extrajudicial killings? [Bakit may] 300 media outlets [na] sinara dahil sa pagkontra sa gobyerno?”
Robredo also reacted to a comic book released late last year showing the story of a young Bongbong Marcos and his family saying that there is nothing wrong with a comic book as long as it is the truth and does not deceive the people by rewriting history. The comic book claims that the Marcos family was untreated fairly during the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution and how they were harassed by American soldiers in when they landed in Hawaii.
Robredo urged voters to consider the “character” of those running for public office and not just their promises.
“At the end of the day, kahit anong paninira, ang sukatan pa din ay yung pagkatao naming,” she said. “Yung pagkatao, hindi naman yun mabubuo sa isang buwan lang o isang linggo, pero ang pagkatao ay kung sino kami mula noon hanggang ngayon, kahit walang nanonood sa amin. Kaya kahit anong paninira, palaging sa dulo ng lahat, yung katotohanan naman yung lalabas.”
Based on the recent surveys, Robredo and Marcos are statistically-tied at the top spot of the vice presidential race together with Senator Chiz Escudero.
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