By Xave Gregorio
Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV refused to heed Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos’ call for Filipinos to “move on” from the atrocities of the dictatorial rule of her father, former President Ferdinand Marcos.
“Mahirap maka-get over ‘pag walang closure, lalo na ‘pag pinamumukha sa publiko na walang kasalanan ang salarin,” Aquino said Wednesday (August 22), in reaction to the younger Marcos’ statement.
“Klaro naman sa kasaysayan kung sino ang nagnakaw, nag-torture at pumatay. Napakadaling sabihing mag-move on na lang, pero sa mga nasawi, napakahirap nito,” he said further.
In a media briefing on the 35th anniversary of the assassination of former Senator Ninoy Aquino, the incumbent Senator Aquino’s uncle, Governor Marcos claimed that “millenials have moved on” and called for other Filipinos to move on as well.
She dismissed criticisms hurled at her family, saying that they are growing irrelevant and appealed for Filipinos to unite.
“The conflict between the Marcoses and the Aquinoses happened a long time ago. We don’t need to keep hating people for a very long time. It’s not our way. We just need to go forward,” Marcos was quoted saying in reports.
According to the World Bank – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative, the late dictator Marcos amassed around $5 to $10 billion in ill-gotten wealth during his brutal 21-year rule.
The Human Rights Victims Claims Board has listed 11,103 who would receive around P180,000 to P1.7 million in compensation for the human rights violations they experienced under Ferdinand Marcos’ Martial Law beginning 1972.
Amid allegations of corruption and human rights abuses, Marcos was ousted through the People Power uprising, which installed Ninoy’s widow, Cory Aquino, as president in 1986.
Despite local and international recognition of the abuses of their father’s regime, the Marcoses adamantly refuse to apologize for what happened during Martial Law, and even hail the work of the late dictator.
“Sinaktan ka na’t ninakawan, sasabihan ka pang mag-move on,” Aquino said.