MANILA - Two extrajudicial killings, one in 1985 and another in 1986, occurred in Ilocos Norte during Senator Bongbong Marcos' term as governor, investigative journalist and political blogger Raissa Robles said.
Robles on Tuesday has launched her new book, "Marcos Martial Law: Never Again," which provides a history on the atrocities allegedly committed during the Marcos regime.
In an interview at the sidelines of her book launch, Robles criticized the younger Marcos, who is running for the vice presidency, for his constant denials of the torture cases and extrajudicial killings that happened during his father's regime.
She pointed out that at one point, Bongbong called these as "isolated cases."
However, Robles said that there were at least two documented instances of extrajudicial killings that happened in Ilocos Norte and Marcos must have probably known these as they have happened during his term as governor.
"Noong 1985, governor na siya ng Ilocos (Norte)," Robles said. "Ang Commission on Human Rights, binigyan ako ng data. Ang ibinigay sa akin na data, from 1972 to 1986, there were only two instances of extrajudicial killings in Ilocos Norte - 1985 and 1986. Eh sino ang gobernador noon?"
Robles argued that Marcos must have known these instances of extrajudicial killings since he was governor of the province and was head of the peace and order council.
"Ibig sabihin, Ilocos Norte mismo, may dalawang extrajudicial killings. Hindi n'ya alam 'yun? Eh siya ang in-charge sa peace and order council as governor?" Robles asked.
She believes that Bongbong lied when he said he did not know these things.
"Nagisinungaling siya (na wala s’yang alam sa torture)," Robles said.