THE administration vice presidential candidate in the 2016 elections, Leni Robredo, has been endorsed by former President Fidel V. Ramos a day after she warned voters against the return of martial law.
Robredo, running under the ruling Liberal Party (LP), got the thumbs-up form the former leader on Monday after meeting with him in Makati City (Metro Manila).
In a statement, she said Ramos shared his campaign experience during the 1992 polls and offered her advice on how to woo voters as she visits different parts of the country during the 90-day campaign period that starts on February 9.
Ramos, a Defense secretary during the Corazon Aquino administration and an Armed Forces chief of staff during the martial law years, served as Philippine President from 1992 to 1998.
He was also one of the key figures of the 1986 “people power revolution” that kicked out then-President Ferdinand Marcos and his family from Malacañang, with Ramos severing his ties with the Marcoses and joining the people in establishing a democratic government under President-elect Corazon Aquino.
Before meeting with Ramos, Robredo warned the youth against the return of martial law during the Kaya Natin Youth Ambassadors National Convention last Sunday.
One of Robredo’s opponents in the vice presidential race is Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the only son of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos.
In a Pulsa Asia survey released on Saturday, she ranked third with 18 percent, behind the younger Marcos (23 percent) and Sen. Francis Escudero (33 percent).
Robredo, however, ranked higher than Sen. Alan Cayetano (14 percent), Sen. Gregorio Honasan (5 percent) and Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th (4 percent).
“Let no one hoodwink you into thinking that martial law was good for the nation. Let no one be able to cover your eyes to the torture, plunder, opportunism and culture of impunity that occurred during those days,” Robredo, whose speech was delivered by her daughter Tricia, pointed out.
The younger Marcos has repeatedly said that he has nothing to apologize for his late father’s rule, even if there is an existing law–the Marcos compensation law–which provides P10 billion worth of financial remuneration for victims of martial law atrocities such as summary executions, enforced disappearances and deadly torture, among others.
The same law created the Human Rights Victims Claims Board, which has sole jurisdiction in determining whether a claimant is a human rights violations victim, unless he or she already enjoys the conclusive presumption extended by the law to plaintiffs in the class suit adjudicated by the US Federal District Court of Honolulu, Hawaii against the estate of the Marcos patriarch.
The presumption is also extended to those acknowledged as human rights violation victims by the Bantayog ng mga Bayani.
The claims board alone also validates amounts to be granted to all claimants relative to the severity of the atrocities they have suffered and in accordance with a point system.
“Let no one kill your trust that ethical leadership is possible. Let no one be able to stop you from demanding transparency and accountability in government,” Robredo, a lawyer, pointed out.
“Let no one be able to stop you from serving as public officials who maintain a strong moral code. Let no one pervert your idealism,” she said.