“Some leaders would like us to forget the atrocities of martial law…Some leaders are too happy to glorify the dictatorship of Marcos, to revise the history so that he is remembered a hero, and not the thief and murderer that he was…Some leaders want to raise the fist of authoritarianism, to sow fear and discord among ourselves, to divide us with lies, violence, and bloodshed…It has begun….So on Friday the nation woke up to a worrying scene: A senator and a staunch critic of the President was escorted into police custody…The message was loud and clear: Anyone who dares speak dissent is not safe….Mr. President, we call you to task. In behalf of the Filipino people, whose daily struggles are escalating, we ask you to focus on the war that really matters – the war on poverty. Our people are hungry, jobless and poor. Be the leader you promised to be, and stop the lies that are distorting the truth in our society today…Use your leadership to point the nation towards respect for rule of law, instead of disregard for it; to uphold the basic human rights enshrined in the institution, instead of encouraging its abuse.”
This is, so far, the sharpest and most stinging message that Robredo has issued in condemnation of Duterte.