The one and only Vice Presidential Debates hosted by CNN Philippines became mostly about Senator Bongbong Marcos.If not for Marcos Jr, the debates would have been boring.It turns out that the current government under President Benigno Simeon Aquino is the one delaying granting reparation claim.In the last two years since the law granting the compensation was enacted, hardly anything has been done.It seems most people just want to hear from him and what he has to say.
The members of the Never Again movement do not want to listen to what Marcos Jr had to say because they are afraid they could be proven wrong.His rivals like Congresswoman Leni Robredo kept bringing up the victims of Martial Law even when their cases have already been settled.They didn’t bother to understand what Marcos Jr was saying about the status of the settlement.The irony of what the members of the Never Again movement are doing escapes them.
They complain about human rights abuses but are also quick to deny an individual’s right to presumption of innocence and right to a fair trial. They kept heckling even when the rules from organizers were clear against heckling and interrupting the proceedings.
Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto or SELDA said the delay in granting the compensation “reflects how the Aquino government treats human rights victims then and now,” as it noted that instead of diminishing, the number of human rights violations has increased in the waning months of the current administration.