MANILA - Vice-presidential candidate Congresswoman Leni Robredo on Wednesday said Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. owes the country an apology for what his father did during the dictatorship.
"Ako oo, kasi sa akin, 'yung pagsabi mo lang na hindi ikaw 'yung iyong nakaraan, ano 'yun, parang dine-defy niya 'yun lahat ng natutunan natin, na kung sino tayo ngayon, produkto 'yun ng ating nakaraan. Yung sa akin, hindi tayo makakamove forward kung wala tayong acceptance ng mga mali in the past," Robredo said on
dzMM's forum with 2016 candidates, ''Ikaw Na Ba? Para sa Pamilyang Pilipino,'' on Wednesday, when asked whether Marcos Jr., one of her vice-presidential opponents, should apologize.
"'Pag sinabi mo na walang ginawang masama dati, ano 'yung assurance mo na magiging okay ang hinaharap, na hindi mo nga nirerecognize yung mga mali sa nakaraan...Malalampasan lang natin ito lahat kung meron tayong recognition na mali nga 'yun, at humingi tayo ng tawad," she added.
"The difference lies in the culture of the Filipino people. It is a soft, forgiving culture. Only in the Philippines could a leader like Ferdinand Marcos, who pillaged his country for over 20 years, still be considered for a national burial." From Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s book “From Third World to First”
Robredo also believes that the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos should not be transferred to the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
"Sa akin kasi, pareho lang ng house arrest ni Congresswoman GMA [Gloria Arroyo]. Sa akin, dapat 'yung batas, na-apply siya ng pantay-pantay eh. Walang kinikilingan kung ano ka man in the past. 'Yung dapat na parameters na ginagamit sa isang tao, dapat 'yun din," she explained.
The younger Marcos earlier said he does not have to apologize for anything.
"Kung meron akong sinaktan, I will always say sorry but what I’ve been guilty of to apologize about? We have constantly said, if during that time of my father, merong mga nasagasaan or meron sinasabing hindi natulungan or they were victimized in some way or another, of course we're sorry that that happened. Nobody wants that to have happened," he said in an interview on ANC's "Headstart."
“I am the luckiest person that I know, and being a Marcos is part of that,” he said. “I have never felt it to be a burden. I have only felt it to be an advantage, a blessing, and I am very thankful that I am a Marcos.”
Stole up to $10 billion from the Philippines.
Just how rich were the Marcoses? No one really knows how many billions of dollars that the First Family and their stooges raked in, but it certainly hangs in the billions. Swiss banks have turned in $85 million since Marcos stepped down in 1986, but more is still unaccounted for.
And who could forget Imelda Marcos? Wealth breeds extravagance, but she went over the top. She had white sand from an Australian beach flown in for a resort. She also bought various properties around Manhattan, though she ‘declined to buy the Empire State Building for $750 mil’ because it seemed “too ostentatious.”
When criticized for her manner of buying everything in sight, she claimed that she was a beacon of light to which the poor could aspire. As though the poor have as little integrity as she did, and would aspire to hedonism. from BusinessPundit
"Over the next decade, Marcos’s cronies and immediate family would tiptoe back into the country, one by one – always to the public’s revulsion and disgust, though they showed that there was nothing that hidden money and thick hides could not withstand." From Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s book
“From Third World to First”
Ferdinand Marcos : "He might have started as a hero but ended up as a crook.”
Singapore's Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew
The son of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos said that Filipinos are no longer concerned about human rights abuses committed under his father’s rule, angering activists who said he wants people to forget his father’s dictatorship, which a popular revolt ended 29 years ago.
In a wide-ranging forum, the 58-year-old senator acknowledged that there have been many human rights violations charges against his father but Filipinos “are not concerned about that” these days.
Marcos Jr. said he leaves the events of 1986 to historians to judge while he focuses on being a public servant.
“In my heart of hearts, I truly believe that I was put on this earth to serve, to be a public servant and that is what I will continue to do until the day that I die,” he said.
"Ang malungkot nito, magpahanggang ngayon ay tila mailap pa rin ang hinahanap na hustisya ng kanilang mga naulila."