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Sorry, not sorry? Imee open to apologizing for Martial Law ‘incidents’ but…

Daughter of former dictator rejects admission of guilt

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By Freddie Lazaro

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is open to the idea of saying sorry for the untoward incidents during Martial Law under her father, former president Ferdinand Marcos, but stopped short of admitting guilt.

“If you hurt some body, you normally seek an apology from them,” Marcos said, but clarified she will not accept those shortcomings happened during the Martial Law days as she was then young.

“Iyong admission of guilt, unang-una, ang liit-liit ko noon. Paano ko ia-admit, hindi ko naman alam?”

MB FILE—Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos amid the chanting crowd as the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, November 8, in favor of allowing the burial of her father, former president Ferdinand Marcos, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. (Ali Vicoy) | mb.com.ph

MB FILE—Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos amid the chanting crowd as the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, November 8, in favor of allowing the burial of her father, former president Ferdinand Marcos, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
(Ali Vicoy) | mb.com.ph

She admitted that she and her brother, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., had different perceptions on the idea of giving apology to the Martial Law victims.

Although there were many protests against the burial of her father at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, she received many letters informing the goodness of the former leader.

‘No revisionism’

She added that her family does not mean to alter history with her father’s funeral.

“We’re not rewriting history. We’re not changing the truth. The cases continue to be pending… We continue to fight them in court. We are still defending ourselves and defending his memory,” she said.

At 11:28 a.m. on Friday, November 11, the Marcos family received the full Supreme Court decision that cleared the legal impediments for the burial of late president.

Referencing the verbal order of President Rodrigo Duterte on July 11, 2016, the decision states: “Issues that have lingered and festered for so long and which unnecessarily divide the people and slow the path to the future have to be interred. To move on is not to forget the past. It is to focus on the present and the future, leaving behind what is better left for history to ultimately decide.”

In response, a statement from the Marcos family hails the decision as “a triumph of the rule of law” and “a vindication of the sovereign Filipino people” in showing that President Duterte, whom they have elected by an overwhelming margin, has acted in accordance with law.

Hyacinth Rafael-Antonio, the family’s lawyer, lauded the decision as “a testament to the impartiality of the Supreme Court for in spite of the heightened emotions which could have confused the legal issue, the Supreme Court ruled only as to the law and facts before it.”

“I think the Decision will bring about healing in the sense that all Filipinos can rest assured that the courts will consistently uphold the rule of law,” added Atty. Antonio.

According to one of the decision’s concluding statements, President Duterte “acted within the bounds of the law and jurisprudence. Notwithstanding the call of human rights advocates, the Court must uphold what is legal and just. And that is not to deny Marcos of his rightful place at the LNMB.”

“As a family, we are happy that our grandfather, father and husband will finally be laid in his final resting place after many years of waiting,” the Marcos family further stated. “As Filipinos, we are hopeful that the Decision, will bring about healing and allow us to move forward by putting to rest an issue that has greatly divided us.”

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