MANILA – Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday said she will raise with President Rodrigo Duterte her concerns over the government's decision to allow the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Robredo, who defeated the only son and namesake of the late leader in the vice-presidential race, said Duterte knows that she opposes the hero's burial as this would put to waste Filipinos' struggle for freedom during the Marcos dictatorship.
''Alam niya na ako, I've been very vocal from day one. Kapag may pagkakatao kakausapin ko si pangulo. Nagyon lang kasi walang pagkakataon,'' Robredo told reporters.
(President Duterte knows I've been very vocal about it from day one. If there's a chance I will raise the issue with the president.)
''Pero alam ko naman ang limitasyon ko. Wala naman akong parang sway o persuasive power over him."
(But I know my limits. I know I don't have much capacity to persuade him.)
Human rights victims during the Martial Law era have asked the Supreme Court to stop the burial as Duterte seemed firm on Marcos' hero's burial.
But Robredo said she is hoping Duterte's mind will change, warning that the chief executive could lose some political capital over his decision.
''Kahit papano may epekto kasi marami rin siyang kakampi na against doon,'' she said.
(I think his decision will make him lose political capital, as some of his allies are also opposed to the burial.)
People opposing the burial say allowing a hero's burial for Marcos will only result in a more divided nation, contrary to Duterte's belief that it will result in healing.