PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte indicated that former Sen. Bongbong Marcos should have won in the elections if he was not cheated.
Talking with reporters, Duterte also insisted that the late President Ferdinand Marcos deserved a hero’s burial because he was a soldier and a President, whether he was a good one or not.
“Bakit pa ako mag-dilly-dally, ibang presidente ayaw? Hero, hero. Hindi hero? Eh ‘di hindi. Sundalo, oo. Kung magaling siya na presidente, it depends. Almost half of the country says that he was a good president," Duterte said.
"Lalo na mga Ilokano. O ‘di nasasaktan sila nitong ginagawa ngayon. So hindi nahi-heal ‘yung… Lahat ng Ilocano, sikreto lang, may galit ‘yan,” he added. He reiterated that he is following the law by allowing Marcos’ burial. However he said “wala na akong magagawa,” citing the Supreme Court ruling stopping temporarily for 20 days Marcos’ interment at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
The President said that the Marcos hero’s burial issue has made us “a nation that refuses to heal a wound.”
“I am serious. This issue has divided the nation,”Duterte said.
He also said that the recent election results showed that there is no more national "trauma" with regard to Bongbong’s father.
“Tingnan mo pagtakbo ni Bongbong. Iilan diperensya lang sila, tsaka 200,000. Tapos sabihin ninyo na it’s still fresh? Even Bongbong Marcos was… Sabi niya, dinaya siya. Baka kung hindi siya dinaya, talagang manalo siya,” Duterte told reporters.
“Well, even then I said the number is very minimal--if it’s indication to you that there is no more such thing as a Marcos trauma just look at the results of the election. It will tell you that… Si [Vice President] Leni [Robredo] is naghabol sila… ” he added.
Marcos’ rival Vice President Leni Robredo won the election over Bongbong by only more than 200,000 votes.
“They are contesting kung hero ba si Marcos, wala akong pakialam. Whether hero siya o hindi, pagka sundalo diyan siya. ‘Yung hero hero, pulitika na ‘yan eh,” Duterte said.
“Ngayon, sabi hindi siya hero. Who are we to say that? Wala naman tayong panahon na giyera eh. Who are we to dispute? Sa mga taong, opisyal nagbigay sa kanya ng medalya. So why are you insisting na hindi siya hero [na] totoo?” he added.