Robredo 'respects' Duterte's implementation of martial law?

Vice President Leni Robredo said she respects President Duterte's implementation of martial law in Mindanao and supports the Armed Forces (AFP) fight against terrorism.


But Robredo said people need assurance that the AFP and the Philippine National Police (PNP) would not abuse their power.
"'Yung sa atin, ginagalang natin 'yung mga desisyon nila. Pero gusto nating magkaroon ng assurance, na hindi ito magagamit sa pang-aabuso," Robredo said in an interview in Iligan City Monday.
[Translation: For us, we respect their decision. But we want assurance that it would not be used for human rights abuses.]
She explained that people's fear of martial law stems from "a dark chapter our history", referring to the dictatorship of former President Ferdinand Marcos when he declared martial law in 1972.
"Noong huli tayong nagkaroon ng martial law, noong panahon ng diktaturyang Marcos, maraming pinagdaanan na pang-aabuso 'yung ating mga kababayan. At tingin ko kailangang pakinggan din ng pamahalaan 'yung pangamba ng ating mga kababayan," she said.
[Translation: Because when when we last went under martial law, during the Marcos dictatorship, our fellowmen experience plenty of abuses. And I think government should also listen to the people's concerns.]
But Robredo also said it it is too early to say if martial law is effective in the region, as the government should prioritize helping Marawi residents and addressing terrorist threats.
"Di ito panahon para mag-away-away tayo, kasi 'yung terorismo 'yung kalaban dito, hindi tayo," she said.
[Translation: Now is not the time to fight against each other, because we have to combat terrorism, not each other.]
Robredo went to Iligan City to visit Marawi city evacuees in Brgy. Maria Cristina and wounded soldiers in the Adventist Hospital.


Marawi residents lost homes

The Vice President said she found out from talking to the displaced residents of Marawi that they are less concerned about their daily needs but more worried if they have houses to return to.
"Iyong iba alam na nilang nasunog iyong mga bahay nila, at pumunta sila dito ng walang kahit anong gamit," Robredo said.
[Translation: Other residents know their houses have been burned down, and they went here carrying nothing.]
She said government should create a plan for the relocation of the displaced residents.
"Dapat talaga siyang tutukan ngayon pa lang kasi noong nasa HUDCC ako, nakita ko na iyong nakakabagal ng proseso talaga 'yung requirements ng gobyerno," she said.
[Translation: There should be focus on it now because when I was in HUDCC, I saw that government requirements slowed down the relocation process.]
Robredo was chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) before she resigned on December 5.
She said before she stepped down from HUDCC, the council had set agreements with other government agencies to aid those displaced during emergencies or natural disasters.
"Dapat mas maluwag iyong pagproseso ng mga papeles," she said.
[Translation: Processing housing papers should be made easier.]
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