TAGUIG CITY - Vice President Leni Robredo on Saturday said the hurried burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. left Filipinos feeling cheated on once again.
“Parang ang pakiramdam lang dinaya tayo all over again,” Robredo said in interview at the sidelines of the Philippine Investment Retail Conference at SMX Convention Center in Taguig City.
(It feels like the Filipinos have been cheated on all over again.)
“We knew that it was going to happen pero hindi na-imagine na it would be conducted hurriedly at patago. Iyong sa akin lang parang insulto yata iyon sa Filipino people,” she added.
(We knew that it was going to happen but we did not imagine that it would be conducted hurriedly and clandestinely. That for me is an insult to the Filipino people.)
The vice-president also criticized the Marcos family, who she said “deliberately hid the information” from the public.
“We ask ourselves that if everything was anchored in truth, legality and reason, why was there a need to hide a funeral and treat it like a shameful criminal deed?” she said.
“We were alarmed by the brazenness of its execution but what is more scary is that a huge part of us was no longer stunned that this was actually happening. Hidden wealth, hidden human rights abuses, and now a hidden burial with complete disrespect for the rule of law.”
Several anti-Marcos protests sparked following the discreet burial of the late dictator on Friday.
Robredo, who won in the vice-presidential race against the late dictator's only son and namesake Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., said the issue of the Marcos burial will remain relevant under a Constitution anchored on social justice.
She added, talks about the country’s growth should be made in the light of the country’s history.
“To truly move forward, we must hold a deep reverence for the past, and the truth of its sorrows and victories. We must honor the memory of those who fought for the country, and demand justice from those who betrayed it,” Robredo said in her speech.
The younger Marcos had earlier filed an election protest against Robredo after being narrowly beaten in the presidential race.