MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo slammed Friday the one-on-one interview of former senators Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Juan Ponce Enrile for bending the truth on martial law.
"Hindi ako maka-comment sa interview kasi hindi ko naman pinanood," she told reporters after a film screening at the UP Cine Adarna.
(I couldn't make a comment on the interview because I haven't seen it.)
"Actually, wala akong balak panoorin," she added.
(Actually, I have no plans of watching it.)
But after having read excerpts from the interview discussed in the news, Robredo said some claims made in the video were erroneous.
"May nabasa akong portion na sinasabi na walang naging biktima sa mga sumalungat kay Pangulong (Ferdinand) Marcos, but ito 'yung ebidensiya na hindi totoo ang sinabi," she said.
(I've read a part that says no one was arrested for criticizing then-President Ferdinand Marcos, but there is evidence that contradicts their claim.)
On the eve of the anniversary of martial law declaration, the strongman's only son and namesake posted the video on his social media accounts that tells "many little-known facts around the actual events of martial law."
In the video, the deposed dictator's then-defense minister denied the killings and thousands of arrests during the martial rule.
Enrile also said millennials are misinformed about the martial law, claiming that the country was peaceful during its first years and government forces only executed a Chinese drug lord, not dissidents.
The former Senate president has come under criticism, especially from martial law victims, for distorting the history of the regime, which they said is among the darkest history in the country.
As the country marked 46 years since Marcos declared martial law, Robredo attended Friday a film a screening of "Liway" that tells a real-life story of a family under a military detainment camp during the martial law era.
"Napaka-powerful ng film, lalong-lalo na personal account siya...galing siya sa point of view ng isang dumaan sa karanasan," she said.
(The film is very powerful because it tells a true story. It was made by someone who experienced martial law.)
For Robredo, the film serves as a reminder to the public to learn the lessons of history.
"Nagpapaalala sa atin na huwag nating papayagan na mangyari muli 'yung iniwan na natin," she said.
(It reminds us to never repeat the mistakes of the past.)
Robredo said the public should also never forget the men and women who fought the martial law regime.
"Dahil sa sakripisyo nila, nabawi natin ang ating kalayaan," she said.
(Because of their sacrifice, we reclaim our freedom.)