Robredo tells Marcos: Return ill-gotten wealth

Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

MINDORO - Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo on Wednesday called on Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., one of her rivals in the vice presidential race, to return the billions worth of money and assets his family allegedly stole from government coffers during his father's reign.

According to Robredo, she is not engaging in mudslinging, saying there are records of the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses and the human rights violations that happened under the rule of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.

"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 talagang 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.

She said she is glad that other groups and candidates are already voicing out their concerns about the candidacy of Marcos.

"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 urged voters to look into a candidate's "character" and not just their promises.

"At the end of the day, kahit anong paninira, ang sukatan pa din ay yung pagkatao namin," 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."

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KRIS AQUINO ENDORSEMENT

Meanwhile, Robredo expressed her gratitude to host and actress Kris Aquino for endorsing her vice presidential bid. At the same time, she hit Marcos for belittling the actress' support.

Marcos has said he has a strong support base and the presidential sister's endorsement will not make a huge negative impact on his campaign.

"Hindi naman siya makakapagsabi niyan, yung makakapagsabi niyan ay yung epekto ng endorsement. Hindi lang isang tao ang magsasabi, pero magsasabi niyan yung resulta after pinakita ito (TV ads)," Robredo said.

READ: Marcos belittles Kris Aquino's support for Leni

"Sa akin lang, nagpapasalamat ako kay Kris. Unang-una, nahihiya naman ako mag-solicit nang ganitong tulong pero siya yung nagvolunteer. At hindi lang niya vinolunteer ang kanyang libreng serbisyo pero pati yung production, pati yung showing, vinolunteer niya yun," she added.

"Sino naman ba ang aayaw na Kris Aquino yun, number endorser sa ating bansa, kilala nang lahat na hindi mageendorso nang hindi niya pinapaniwalaan, whether tao yan o produkto. Kaya malaking bagay iyan para sa akin."

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