By Marlon Purificacion | Journal Online
SENATOR Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos turned the table on the Aquino administration after the Palace dared their family to apologize for the human rights violations.
Marcos was reacting to Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda’s challenge to their family to apologize first to human rights victims during the martial law years before the government could consider granting the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos a state burial.
“I believe he [Lacierda] has asked us or those in the Marcos government that are still alive (it’s not clear) to apologize to the human rights victims under martial law, but I didn’t hear anyone include the human rights victims during Cory [Aquino’s administration], including the farmers of the infamous Mendiola massacre and all the succeeding administrations including the present one,” Marcos said.
He said Lacierda seems to play favoritism towards those victims during martial law but does not seem to care much in apologies and compensation for the victims during Cory’s time.
“That’s not fair to them. They should be treated the same way; and who should apologize to them?” he added.
President Benigno Aquino III’s mother, Corazon (Cory), was catapulted to the presidency by the 1986 people power uprising that toppled strongman Ferdinand Marcos.
The young Marcos brought up other human rights violations in Philippine history.
“What about the Japanese collaborators that fought on the side of the ruthless Imperial Army that cruelly tortured, sadistically inflicted pain, and mercilessly killed Filipinos? Has anybody apologized to the families of those that lost their lives, were raped, tortured, etc. by the Japanese with the aid of Filipino collaborators?” he added.
Marcos, however, said he chooses not to engage in a “blame game” and instead to take “a forward-looking approach in tackling present problems.”
“No wasting time convincing others how ‘good we are compared to the rest,’ pontificating, moralizing, full of pomposity and of themselves, unable to get down from their high horses -- in short, the proverbial ‘holier than thou’ hypocrites,” he explained.