Marcos: LP blocks human rights victims' compensation claims

VICE presidential hopeful Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. denied Sunday that he and his family have hidden wealth, which they have amassed during the regime of his father, late President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

At the vice presidential debate, Liberal Party's (LP) vice presidential bet Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo hit Marcos for not surrendering the people's money the Marcoses obtained during the Martial law years.

"Maraming kamalian in the past, kasali roon 'yung hidden wealth na hanggang ngayon, hindi pa rin natin nakukuha at nakaw 'yun sa taumbayan. Hindi yata tamang na-acknowledge lang iyon. Kailangan ibalik iyon sa atin," Robredo said.

Marcos, in response, said he could not give something that he does not have.

"Sinasabing ibabalik ko raw but I cannot give what I do not have. I do not have that wealth. I do not have any knowledge of any of these things. Once again, I repeat, I cannot give what I do not have," he said.

Robredo insisted that the Marcos family should bring back their alleged hidden wealth to the government so it could be able to release the compensation claims of the Martial law victims.

But Marcos said that his family has nothing to do with the distribution of claims since it was the government's responsibility. He also accused the LP of "blocking" the release of the compensations claims.

"Sigurado akong alam niyang hindi ang pamilya ko ang humahadlang sap ag-bayad ng compensation sa human rights claimants. Ang humahadlang po diyan ng kasong iyan ay nasa gitna ng human rights claimants at ng gobyernong pinangunguhan ng Liberal Party. Kaya't ng LP ang humahadlang sa pag-bayad ng human rights compensation," Marcos said.

Robredo replied, "Hindi po iyan totoo. In fact, ang ating gobyerno, gustung gusto nang mabayaran ang ating human rights victims pero kakaunti pa lang po ang naki-cover ng judgment ng court. Ang dami pa po nilang natatagong yaman at makikita natin iyan sa kanila ngayon".

Meanwhile, Marcos also refused to apologize to all the victims of Martial law, on behalf of his father.

"I certainly acknowledge every human rights abuse in every administration. I think it's necessary that we do so or else, we are to repeat the mistakes and abuses of the past," the senator said.

"What I can say also to you is that in my 27 years of service, there has never been suspicion, any accusation, or even any allegation made against me that there were human rights abuses in my time in government".

"I will apologize -- I have said this before, and I will said it again, for any wrongdoing that I may have done, any mistake that may have caused anyone any pain or hardship. But I can only apologize for myself; I cannot apologize for anyone else but only for myself and what have I done," he added. (Sunnex)
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