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Palace acknowledges human rights violations during Marcos regime



By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Despite the remarks of former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, Malacañang said there is no question that there were human rights violations committed during the regime of the late President Marcos, especially under martial rule.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque speaks during a press briefing at the New Executive Building in Malacanang, Friday. (CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement after Enrile claimed there were no one arrested for their religious or political beliefs during Marcos’s martial law.

In his press briefing Monday, Roque said Enrile’s claims may be his opinion but the law and court decisions prove otherwise.

“That’s his belief, he’s entitled to it. But as far as the Palace is concerned, there are decisions affirming that there were grave human rights violations committed during the Marcos regime. There’s even a law in Congress which provides for compensation for victims of martial law,” he said.

“So the position of the Palace is we are implementing the law, and the law says that there should be reparations paid to victims of martial law,” he added.

According to the Palace official, he does not know if Enrile and former Sen. Bongbong Marcos, his interviewer, have a hidden agenda for conducting such interview.

“That’s their business, that’s an issue that we have nothing to do with,” Roque said.

“That’s for them. We stand by what the law says, we stand by what court decisions have said,” he added.

Roque also thinks it is impossible for anybody to revise history when there is a law that addresses it.

“I don’t think they can twist history when there’s a law and court decisions attesting to what happened during martial law,” he said.

Enrile’s martial law remarks have earned him criticism. In a press briefing in Malacañang last week, former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr. said Enrile must have forgotten that he was imprisoned during martial law.

Pimentel also said no satisfactory infrastructures or structures can ever compensate for the lives, freedom, and liberty lost during the Marcos regime

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