Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is not innocent of the human rights violations committed during the regime of his father, according to a senatorial candidate.
Luke Espiritu, human rights lawyer and labor leader, blasted Marcos Jr. for alleged involvement in the rights abuses which he claimed was not mere “fantasy.”
The senatorial bet, in an interview with Politiko on Thursday, said Bongbong is “as guilty as his father,” the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
“Bongbong Marcos is part of a machine, he is part of the regime. Hindi naman siya inosente. Noong panahon ni Marcos, governor nga siya ng Ilocos Norte,” Espiritu said.
“He’s very much part of it. He’s as guilty as his father. He is guilty because he is part of the machinery na nag-commit ng human rights violations at hindi pantasya ‘yun,” he added.
In the same Politiko interview, Espiritu compared the Marcos regime to the Nazi regime when it comes to accountability for the offenses against the people. He pointed out that Adolf Hitler, the reviled leader of Nazi Germany, was not the only one behind the Holocaust or the genocide of Jews.
“Si Hitler ay guilty of crimes against humanity pero is it just Hitler? It is the entire Nazi regime,” he said.
“When we talk about human rights violations, hindi naman one-man act ito eh. This is an act of a regime and Bongbong Marcos was part of that bloody regime,” he said about the rights abuses during Marcos regime.
Espiritu also likened Marcos Jr to Joseph Goebbels, the propagandist for the German Third Reich under Hitler. He said Marcos Jr. is now the propagandist of his father by dishing out the supposed “golden age” during the martial regime.
Espiritu, one of the Senate bets of presidential candidate Leody de Guzman, earlier joined the SMNI debate among senatorial candidates. He drew praises from netizens after hitting back at rivals Harry Roque and Larry Gadon for their pro-Marcos stance during the debate.
At the televised debate, Roque claimed that Marcos Jr. was neither charged nor found guilty of rights violations in courts here and abroad. Espiritu however shot down Roque’s comment, saying the former Duterte spokesman was now defending Marcos Jr since he is part of his senatorial ticket.
When Gadon asked senatorial bets not to use the debate to spew “propaganda” against the Marcoses, Espiritu told Gadon not to be rude and instead allow him to speak.
“I go by the record, Amnesty International 3,257 ang pinatay noong panahon ni Marcos, 35,000 ang mga, it’s my time ‘wag kang bastos, it’s my time,” he told Gadon during the SMNI debate.