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Bongbong and Enrile's Martial Law video 'adding insult to injury' —Diokno family


The son of the late Senator Jose "Pepe" Diokno compared the tete-a-tete between former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. to torture that further insulted victims of Martial Law abuses.

"Para pong torture 'yung panonood ng video na 'yun, like adding insult to injury," Atty. Jose Manuel "Chel" Diokno, founding dean of the De La Salle University College of Law, said Monday in an interview on Unang Balita.

He added that the interview had a hidden agenda of making it seem like the groups who fought against Martial Law distorted history to make the Marcos dictatorship seem bad.

Enrile would know better than anyone about the human rights violations suffered by Filipinos during that time period as he was the chief implementer of Martial Law, he said.

"Palagay ko po dapat kainin niya 'yung sarili niyang salita dahil sila po ang nagbabaluktot ng kasaysayan natin," Diokno said.

In a later interview on Dobol B sa News TV, Diokno repeated an earlier denial by his family that Diokno did not want to be released from prison.

"Masakit 'yung sinabi ni Enrile du'n sa kanyang interview. Alam naman niya 'yung katotohanan eh," he said. "Eh kung kayo siguro ang nakakulong ng walang dahilan, palagay ko naman gusto niyo magpa-release."

Pepe Diokno may not have been physically tortured, Diokno argued, but he was arguably psychologically tortured by his illegal detention.

"Hindi niyo puwedeng sabihing mere inconvenience lang 'yun," he said.

The Diokno family also called the interview in an earlier statement a "distortion" of Philippine history that equaled torture and forced disappearances to mere "inconveniences." —Rie Takumi/KG, GMA News