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Umamin‎ muna kayo sa pagnanakaw niyo: Robredo says it’s difficult to forgive unremorseful Marcoses

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The Marcoses must first confess to stealing billions from government coffers before any talk of resolving pending cases against them may begin, Vice President Leni Robredo said Wednesday.

“Sa akin kasi, bago pag-usapan iyong immunity, dapat may pag-amin muna ng kasalanan. Mahirap magpatawad sa isang hindi naman inaamin iyong kasalanan,” the Vice President told reporters at the Metro Laylayan visit in Pasay City. “Tingin ko, walang healing na mangyayari, wala dapat immunity na mangyayari, hanggang hindi pa inaamin iyong kasalanan.”

Robredo issued the comment after President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that the family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos said they were willing to “open everything and hopefully return” some of their wealth to the government.

The President, who was quoting an emissary of the Marcoses, added that the political family might only give back ill-gotten wealth in exchange for immunity.

Robredo believed the Marcoses just wanted to legal repercussions in cases involving the $10 billion the family looted during President Ferdinand Marcos’ 21 years in office.

“Kailangan nating intindihin na napakalaki noong ninakaw sa taumbayan, na bago pa man pag-usapan iyong forgiveness, iyong pagpapatawad, kailangang aminin muna na talagang nagkasala sa taumbayan,” she said.

“[M]atagal na pinahirapan ng mga Marcos iyong taumbayan sa pagpursigi ng mga kaso laban sa kanila. Hindi naman madali— Hindi madaling magkaso. Kung magbabalik-tanaw tayo, 31 years na mula na nagsampa ng mga kaso, pero halos kalahati pa lang iyong nababawi ng pamahalaan at naibabalik sa taumbayan,” she added.

The recovery of ill-gotten wealth amassed by the Marcoses and their cronies is a mandate of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), which was created after the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.