MANILA, Philippines - A senator who belongs to the Aquino family's rival clan described President Aquino's administration as "very selective" in applying justice.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. compared the slow pace at which the Maguindanao massacre trial has been moving with the haste in the recent filing of an electoral sabotage case against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
No one has been convicted yet for the massacre, which happened exactly two years ago tomorrow.
"Nakita naman natin, kung gugustuhin ng gobyerno, kung gugustuhin ng DOJ (Department of Justice), ng prosecutor, may paraan para gawing mabilis," Marcos said, referring to the filing of charges against and the issuance of an arrest warrant for Arroyo, which all happened within a day.
Asked what this makes of the Aquino administration, the senator said, "They are very selective in their application of justice. They are very selective in their application of the use of the powers of the executive, and that selection is according to political and partisan lines."
Marcos also criticized the government's handling of the Arroyo case as "a bit of a mess," particularly because of the Justice department's defiance of a Supreme Court order allowing Arroyo and her husband, Jose Miguel, to go abroad.
That would not have happened had the administration filed cases filed cases against the Arroyos earlier, he said.
"I cannot understand why, to arrive at justice, we have to violate orders of the highest court in the land," Marcos said. "Hindi nila pinag-isipan, hindi napagplanuhan, and I know for sure that it could have been done in a much better way."
Marcos added he understands the administration's actions because it was President Aquino's campaign promise to prosecute his predecessor.
He also believes Arroyo should be held to account for her alleged abuses, having been with the opposition during her administration.
He thinks, however, that the Aquino government is getting personal in dealing with its political foes.
"The administration is and has been getting very personal," Marcos said.
"Kasama na rin kami doon," he added. Months ago, President Aquino refused to give burial honors for Sen. Marcos' father, former President Ferdinand Marcos, much to the Marcos family's dismay.