Why Villar is mum on drug slays, Marcos burial

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 11 2016 05:05 PM | Updated as of Nov 11 2016 06:26 PM

MANILA - Senator Cynthia Villar on Friday admitted that she is not bothered by the rising number of deaths in the administration's war on drugs.

In an interview with ANC's "Headstart" on Friday, Villar maintained that she would rather focus on what she can contribute to the 24-person Senate, which is finance and business.

"It's not about the deaths; it's about what I can do. I am very focused. I know that my learning is about finance and business, so I can do better things with regards to agriculture--my advocacies are livelihood, especially with regard to agriculture, protection of the environment, and taking care of the OFWs," she said.

"I am focusing there because I think that I can do more in that aspect rather than spending my time in topics which are not my forte," she added.

ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group has monitored 2,236 drug-related deaths for May 10 to October 28 this year.


Villar also chose to be quiet on the issue of the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, arguing that this would always be a "controversial" issue in the country, and she personally would rather "move on."

"We have so many problems in this country. If that has been decided, then let it be and then we move on and solve our other problems because we really have to move on in this country because we have a lot of problems," she said.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday junked petitions seeking to stop Duterte's move to have the late strongman buried at the Heroes' Cemetery. Survivors of human rights violations during the Martial Law and their kin however vowed to lodge a motion for reconsideration to the SC. 

Villar noted, even the family is adamant in seeking only a soldier's burial for their patriarch, who claimed to have served in the military, and not a state funeral befitting a president. 

"They are not claiming Marcos is a hero, even the family, for those who won’t believe that. I think we just bury him and move on with our lives," she said.

Villar added, the other members of the Marcos family are part of their party, Nacionalista Party, and although they do not invoke the party in their "personal concern," it will "not be okay" for her to talk about it.

"I will just keep quiet and let the law prevail and let President Duterte decide the issue. For me, my opinion is not important," she said.

She is however, supportive of the late strongman's only son and namesake, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., in his electoral protest after losing the vice-president race to Leni Robredo in May. Marcos is one of three vice-presidential candidates from the Nacionalista party.

"I think he is entitled to what he thinks is important to him and fair to him. I support him in whatever he is doing," she added.