Robredo says Enrile statements in Marcos interview 'false'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 21 2018 06:22 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo attends the "Mass for Peace" held at the Cory Aquino Democratic Space at the Henry Sy Sr. Hall of the De La Salle University-Manila on Friday, September 21, 2018. OVP


MANILA- Vice President Leni Robredo has no plans of watching former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile's one-on-one interview with former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., saying statements during the conversation were false. 

"Actually, wala akong balak panoorin dahil nakikita ko 'yung excerpts nung interview sa mga commentaries parang hindi siya makatotohanan," Robredo told reporters at the University of the Philippines.

(I have no plans of watching because I saw the excerpts of the interview and the commentaries there seemed untrue.)

Marcos, a defeated vice presidential candidate, has challenged the legitimacy of Robredo's May 2016 victory at the Supreme Court, alleging that she had cheated to win. 

In his tête-à-tête with Enrile on the eve of the anniversary of the martial law declaration, the 94-year-old former lawmaker said millennials are misinformed about the rule of his father, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.

Enrile claimed that the country was, in fact, peaceful during its first years and denied killings and arrests of dissidents, saying government forces only executed a Chinese drug lord and arrested only those who violated the law. 

"They claimed that we killed a lot of people. when I was interviewed by someone some time ago, I challenged her, name me one that we executed, we killed except Lim Seng," he said.

Asked what the accusation was, Enrile said "that we have 70,000 arrested, which was not true."

"Maybe if they will include people who violated curfew and jaywalker, maybe you can reach that number. People can go out at night, they can go out and fish, go out and farm. They were free in fact," he said.

He, however, noted that members of rebel groups, warlords, and criminals "had to be arrested."

But Robredo, who had read about the interview, said this part was false. 

"May nabasa akong portion na sinasabing walang naging biktima sa mga sumalungat kay Pangulong Marcos. Ngayon, if at all, ito 'yung ebidensiya na hindi totoo 'yung sinabi," Robredo said.

(I read a portion saying that there were no victims from among those who criticized former President Marcos. Now, if at all, this is evidence that the message is false.)

On Friday, the Philippines marked 46 years since the late dictator declared martial law, a period marked with human rights abuses such as extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances.

-- report from Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News