Leni urges Bongbong to 'do a Kim Wong'

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Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. File Photo

MANILA - Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo on Friday said Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., one of her rivals in the vice-presidential race, should do a Kim Wong.

Robredo said Marcos should return the billions his family allegedly stole from government coffers during the reign of his father, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

She said some people have started comparing Marcos to businessman Kim Wong, who has returned over $4 million to the government after learning that the money was part of the $81 million stolen by hackers from the central bank of Bangladesh.

"Ang biro pa nga ng iba, buti pa daw si Kim Wong, binalik na yung pera kahit hindi kanya. Eh ito, nasa kanila yung pera, pero ayaw pa rin ibalik. Tapos ngayon, nangangarap na manilbihan para maging pangalawang pangulo," she said.

Robredo belied the senator's claim in last Sunday's vice-presidential debate that the Marcos family is no longer involved in the reparation case since it is already between the government and those who filed claims for human rights violations victims during the martial law.

"Yung sinabi niya dun sa debate na gobyerno ang may kasalanan, hindi totoo. Kasi yung records would show, PCGG (Presidential Commission on Good Government) mismo na ang nagsabi, na sila mismo yung nag-file ng mga kaso kaya hindi ito ma-release kahit may judgment na yung US Supreme Court saka yung Singapore Supreme Court. Hindi siya ma-release dahil sa mga kasong finile ng mga Marcos," she said.

"Nakakatakot na naga-aspire sa second highest position of the land, na hindi pa nga nase-settle yung pandarambong na ginawa ng pamilya niya noong panahon, walang acknowledgment, walang pagbabalik ng pera," she added.

The Marcos family has long been dogged by accusations that the late strongman was reponsible for human rights abuses and plundered billions of dollars from state coffers.

The younger Marcos said at the #PiliPinas Debates at the University of Santo Tomas that there are human rights violations in every administration.

However, Marcos added that in his almost three decades of service in the government, there had been no human rights abuse complaint against him. He also said he can only apologize for himself and not for anyone else.

He added that his own political career has been free from corruption allegations.

'ASSISTANT PRESIDENT'

Robredo, meanwhile, thanked Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for describing her as "beautiful" and saying that he would want to appoint her as an "assistant president."

"Ako po, ewan ko kung seryoso. Pero una, salamat sa vote of confidence," Robredo said.

"Pero alam naman po natin na yung pangulo ko si Secretary Mar Roxas... Pero yung pagpuri sa akin, siyempre sino naman ang ayaw puriin? Kaya, maraming salamat." - Report from Jonathan Magistrado, ABS-CBN News Bicol

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