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Robredo lauds ex-president Cory Aquino amid Duterte remark: ‘Ang mahalaga, hindi inabuso ang kapangyarihan’

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Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday, August 4, lauded the “inspiring” leadership of the late former president Corazon Aquino, underscoring the latter’s honest governance and the critical role she played in regaining the country’s democracy.

This as President Rodrigo Duterte downplayed the contributions of the ex-president by saying that she was popular only because she “lost her husband,” Sen. Ninoy Aquino,” in the hands of” the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Duterte issued the said remarks just after the commemoration of the former president’s 10th death anniversary.

Robredo, in turn, said Cory Aquino proved that she was more than just Ninoy’s wife, giving the power entrusted to her the respect that it deserved.

“Hindi siguro nagma-matter kung paano nakilala, pero iyong nagma-matter, noong binigyan ng pagkakataong makapagsilbi, paano nagsilbi?” Robredo said in the weekly radio show, BISErbisyong LENI. “Kasi iba-iba naman talaga iyong circumstances… Pero iyong pinaka-tanong: Noong nabigyan ng pagkakataon, paano ginamit iyong kapangyarihan na binigay sa kaniya? Alam nating lahat na siya din iyong halimbawa ng hindi talaga nag-abuso sa kapangyarihan na binigay.”

Robredo, who credits her political awakening to the 1986 People Power Revolution, noted that Aquino matriarch exemplified strength amid the difficulties she faced under the Marcos regime, as well as during the “turning point” of regaining the country’s democracy.

“Alam natin na iyong pinagdaanan niya hindi basta-basta. Hindi lang sa nawala iyong asawa, pero bago nawala iyong asawa, kung ano-anong panggigipit iyong napagdaanan noong panahon ng rehimeng Marcos. Noong nakaupo na bilang presidente, alam nating sunod-sunod na kudeta iyong nalampasan,” Robredo said. “Pero maaalala kasi siya kasi iyong kaniyang administrasyon, Ka Ely, iyon iyong turning point ng pag-regain natin ng ating demokrasya, ng ating mga democratic institutions. Kaya napakalaki ng kontribusyon para sa ating bansa.”

“Parating tinatawaran, lalo na ng mga supporters ng dating diktador, iyong kakayahan [niya]. Wala namang presidenteng perpekto, pero siguro kung may isang puwedeng maipagmalaki na hindi nang-abuso, hindi naging kurakot, [siya iyon],” said Robredo.

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