The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo has slammed Senator Imee Marcos for suggesting that the Philippines cut ties with Iceland over the United Nations resolution to review the human rights situation in the country.
Robredo’s spokesperson, Barry Gutierrez, asked Sunday (July 14) why the public should listen to Marcos when she is a known human rights violator.
“Ang una kong tanong dito, bakit tayo makikinig kay Imee Marcos? Si Imee Marcos nga, umamin iyan doon sa kaso na sinampa sa kanila sa Hawaii ng mga human rights victims ng Martial Law—na naging bahagi siya doon sa pagpatay dito nga kay Archimedes Trajano, ‘di ba? So nasa record iyan noong kasong iyon, na nagkaroon ng judgment laban sa Marcos family for human rights violations,” she said on Robredo’s weekly radio show, Biserbisyong Leni.
Trajano was a student and activist whose death was attributed to Marcos after he criticized her at a forum.
A Hawaii court ordered Marcos to pay the family of Trajano $4.16 million in damages but it was blocked by the Philippine Supreme Court.
Gutierrez said it was “difficult” to listen to Marcos because of her spotty human rights record.
The senator proposed cutting ties with Iceland immediately since it sponsored the resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Gutierrez said severing diplomatic ties with Iceland will only worsen the Philippines’ image in the international community.
“Para ngang ang lumalabas talaga doon ay mayroon siguro talagang laman itong naging reklamo na ito, dahil ganiyan ang naging reaksyon imbes na harapin nang buong tapang,” he said.