MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte's statement that ill-gotten wealth allegations against the Marcos family are unproven may "hurt" some people, but that is how he is, a senatorial candidate said Thursday.
In a speech late Wednesday, Duterte defended his decision to allow the burial of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes Cemetery in late 2016 saying, "Until now you have not proven anything except to sequester and sell."
"Hindi mo nga sigurado kung talagang kay Marcos ba yan (You're not even sure that it belongs to Marcos," the President said, adding soldiers and former presidents were entitled under law to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Senatorial candidate Conrado "Ding" Generoso, who served as spokesman for Duterte's consultative committee that came up with a draft federal constitution, said: "It will hurt a lot of people especially those who really suffered abuses during martial law. But then, that's the President."
"He wants to say it that way. I do not wish to argue with the President on that one. If he really believes so, then so be it," Generoso said.
The Presidential Commission on Good Government, formed after a bloodless revolt in 1986 forced the Marcoses into exile in Hawaii estimated that the family amassed $10 billion from public coffers.
In a landmark decision last November, an anti-graft court convicted former first lady Imelda Marcos of 7 counts of graft for using her former Cabinet position to keep Swiss bank accounts.