Signs of dictatorship "are happening again"- Leni Robredo

screen capture from a video shared through facebook by UST Senior High School

On Saturday, Vice President Leni Robredo gave a crash course in the martial law era under former President Ferdinand Marcos.

From the time she described as oppressive and full of lies, Robredo said that signs of dictatorship “are happening again.”

The vice president, in her speech, also told the senior highs school students of the University of Santo Tomas to be vigilant of the signs.

"What we need are our collective daily acts of kindness, respect for people's rights and servant leadership. These realizations are critical today when there are signs that some of the things we talked about are happening again," She said,

She then also drew parallels between the past and the current time, like how the media is being attacked by bullies and online trolls.

"The media is under attack. Those who speak dissent are bullied or trolled in real life or social media. The people are arrested, tortured and killed because they are on the drug list," Robredo said.

"The lies had continued until today," she added without mentioning who did it.

She also asked the students not to forget the lessons of the past, of the EDSA revolution as she urged them to take their part in protecting the rights of the Filipino people.

Former senator Bongbong Marcos, son of former president Marcos, filed an electoral protest against Robredo who won the vice presidency in 2016 elections.

Marcos had accused Robredo of cheating in 2016 elections, dared the latter to join him in asking the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to immediately start the recount of the votes by filing a joint notion.

Source: ABS CBN

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