By Xave Gregorio
Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. backed his sister Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos’ call for Filipinos to “move on” from their father’s brutal two-decade rule.
Speaking in a media forum Friday (August 24), the former Senator said the issue has been “decided” when his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., was overthrown in 1986 by a popular uprising.
“‘86 was decided. The government fell, kinasuhan kami, may desisyon pang kasama ‘yung mga kaso. It’s done. Ano pang gusto ninyong gawin?” Bongbong said at the Nanka media forum.
“There are so many problems na hinaharap ng taongbayan, na hinaharap ng Pilipinas. Bakit natin pinagaaksayahan ng panahon, eh tapos na ito eh?” he continued.
His older sister, Governor Marcos, drew flak from netizens and some solons over her claim that “millennials have moved on” from their father’s dictatorial regime and her appeal for others to follow suit.
Opposition Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV slammed her, saying there can only be moving on if the Marcoses apologize for the atrocities committed by their patriarch.
However, Bongbong stood pat on his refusal to apologize for his father’s rule.
Asked if he would say sorry, the younger Marcos only said, “I have answered this question a thousand times times, my answer does not change.”
“This is a question I have been answering for over 30 years. Why do we have to tackle? Look at my answer then. That’s the same answer,” he said.
A 2015 report by Inquirer.net quoted Bongbong “apologizing,” but only “if during that time of my father, mayroong mga nasagasaan or mayroon sinasabing hindi natulungan or they were victimized in some way or another.”
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 people 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.–