Robredo talks about whether we should indeed "move on"

"How much can we carry?" she asks in an interview with Esquire Philippines


 

(SPOT.ph) Vice President Leni Robredo is not keen on taking the backseat when it comes to topics of national interest—from advocating the improvement of the lives of Filipinos to condemning extrajudicial killings in the all-out war against drugs. When asked if her statements have ever caused problems in her working relationship with the president, she explained in an interview with Esquire Philippines: "Sometimes, he jokes about it during Cabinet meetings. Halimbawa, 'Extrajudicial killings. Ay, ayoko na 'yan pag-usapan, nandito si Ma'am, magagalit na naman 'yan sa'kin,' 'yong mga ganun. 'Yong sa akin naman, basta ma-retain sa level na 'yon, 'yong nakakapagtrabaho pa ako. Di ba? There are things na kailangan mo na lang lunukin, kasi may mas malaking obligasyon ka.

 

But the "surprise" burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on November 18 was a different story. The vice president released a statement on her website and (very active) social media accounts that "the Marcos family deliberately hid the information of burying former President Marcos today from the Filipino people." She even likened them to "a thief in the night."

 

"...Alam natin na wala tayong magagawa. Nirerespeto natin 'yong Supreme Court. Palagay ko, sana hindi mahinto yung pag-express natin ng feeling of indignation. Kasi tingin ko, it's not as simple as—sasabihin na, 'Patay na 'yon e, kalimutan na lang natin.' Parang, tingin ko kasi: ‘Yong values natin as a nation, di ba?," she explained.

 

The Marcos camp would often give the argument that the former tyrant's burial is the start of a "national healing" and even the Palace said that the nation should just "move forward."

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To this, Robredo expressed: "’Yong wounds sa atin: How much can we carry? Kasi sunod-sunod. Sunod-sunod."

 

Read Esquire Philippines' cover story on Leni Robredo.

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