MANILA - Former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo on Saturday warned President Rodrigo Duterte against letting the Marcoses use him for their own political plans, which could include an eventual return to Malacañang.
Ocampo made the statement following the clandestine burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, which he had opposed at the Supreme Court as one of the original petitioners.
The former lawmaker, who was detained for years during Marcos' rule, said Duterte is obviously working with the former first family.
"'Wag niyang pabayaang magamit siya ng Marcoses para sa kanilang pangsariling pampulitikang agenda," said Ocampo.
(He shouldn't let the Marcoses use him for their own political agenda.)
The Marcos family pulled off the secret interment with the help of the police and military but the Palace has denied having any hand in it, although Duterte has expressed support for the burial in the past.
But Ocampo said there have been signs of this influence ever since the President said he may suspend the writ of habeas corpus, which is reminiscent of the Marcos regime.
"Pahiwatig yun ng kanyang pakiki-alyansa sa mga Marcoses," he said.
(That is a sign that he is siding with the Marcoses.)
Ocampo said they are also worried about the pending electoral case former Senator Bongbong Marcos Jr., who Duterte had joked could be his vice-president soon, filed against Vice President Leni Robredo.
"Kapag binaliktad nila 'yan, talagang full restoration [ito ng Marcoses] paving the way for Bongbong to run for president in 2022...Sampal sa publiko sa mamamayan na mababalik pa sa Malacañang ang Marcoses," he said.
(If they overturn that, that would mean a full restoration of Marcoses to power, paving the way for Bongbong to run for president in 2022. That's a slap in the face to the public if the Marcoses return to Malacañang.)
In the meantime, Ocampo said they will pursue the appeal before the Supreme Court and will continue with their street protests.