Vice President Leni Robredo said on Wednesday that reconciliation with former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. is unlikely unless his family’s past wrongdoings are recognized and victims are compensated.
When asked if there is a potential to reconcile or unify with Marcos, son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., who is also running for president in the 2022 elections, Robredo responded.
“Nakabase kasi ‘yan sa justice. Meron pa siyang hindi pinapanagutan na ginawa. Mahirap makipagkasundo kung walang pagtanggap, hindi nagbabayad,” Robredo said during the DZRH-The Manila Times interview.
“Kung basta na lang tinanggap iyong ganun dahil sa unification, ano ang mensahe na binibigay natin? Na okay lang ang abuso? Okay lang ang corruption? Okay lang na convicted of a crime at hindi pa napapanagutan ang conviction tapos inooffer mo ulit ang sarili mo?,” Robredo pointed out.
Robredo stated that forgiving the Marcoses is not just her decision.
“Ako, very forgiving akong tao. Pero hindi ito [usapin na] ako lang. Bansa natin ang nakataya,” she added.
In October 2021, Marcos stated that he has nothing to apologize for during his father’s Martial Law regime, which included torture and death.
The Marcos scion claimed that he could not apologize for a “general accusation.”
Due to his four counts of Court of Appeals conviction for breaking the Tax Code, Marcos is facing petitions seeking his disqualification, if not cancellation, of his presidential candidacy in the 2022 elections. According to the petitions, he neglected to file an income tax return as a public official from 1982 to 1985.
Robredo to Marcos Jr.: No reconciliation without justice|GMA