Published December 8, 2016 7:07pm
By ROSE-AN JESSICA DIOQUINO, GMA News
Vice President Leni Robredo urged Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano to speak up against the Marcoses despite his loyalty to President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a sit-down interview with the Inquirer Group on Thursday, Robredo said Cayetano's support for Duterte, his running-mate in the May polls, should not hinder the indignation he showed towards the late Ferdinand Marcos and his family during the campaign.
"I would have hoped that the outrage he showed during the campaign would still be the same until now. We understand that he's fully supportive of the President, but that's not enough reason for him to keep quiet," Robredo said.
"We saw how he was fully aware of the sins of the Marcoses against the Filipino people. He should be more vocal about it now that they're doing everything to get back to power," she added.
Duterte considers the Marcoses, including defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., as friends.
Groups had lobbied for their tandem in the last elections, but Bongbong Marcos eventually ran with the late Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
The contested burial of the late dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani was a fulfillment of Duterte's campaign promise.
Cayetano, who repeatedly hit the Marcoses over their ill-gotten wealth during the campaign, said he was now focused on helping Duterte.
"It is not my job right now to keep voicing out my opinions sa kalye," Cayetano said, amid criticisms over his silence on the matter.
He added that Filipinos cared more about jobs and public order than the burial. He also said it was unfair to link the Duterte administration to the supposed plot to steal the vice presidency from Robredo.
On the other hand, the Vice President has remained a staunch critic of the Marcoses.
In her sharpest statement on the burial, she tagged the late dictator as "a thief, a murderer, and a dictator."
She also scored the Marcos family over the low-key execution of the interment, and their refusal to acknowledge claims of human rights abuses during Martial Law.
Robredo over the weekend was told not to attend Cabinet meetings supposedly after Duterte felt uncomfortable with her political actions.
The order to desist led to her resignation as Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chief.
Reobredo claimed there was a plot to cause her removal from the vice presidency.
She is now facing an electoral protest before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), filed by Bongbong, who lost to her by only over 200,000 votes. —NB, GMA News