Malacañang on Thursday bluntly rejected an appeal by Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos for President Benigno Aquino 3rd to “move on,” stressing that members of the former First family should be made answerable for their past mistakes.
“President Aquino has said time and again that there can be no reconciliation without justice,” said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., who also belied the senator’s remark that being elected into office was already a “vindication.”
“While it may be easy to say ‘just move on,’ we believe that in so doing, we will not be doing justice to the thousands of families whose members suffered violence during the dictatorship,” he added.
He noted that the government has in effect offered an apology by creating the Human Rights Victims Claims Board to redress the victims’ grievances.
“As reported by the Board, more than 75,000 claims have been received; evidently, the claimants are not accepting the view that election means vindication,” Coloma said.
He added that Aquino also firmly believes that “it is important to educate the Filipino youth who were born after the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution on the importance of the values of freedom and democracy.”
In a television interview earlier, Marcos said they have already been vindicated when the people elected him and other members of his family into office.
He also shrugged off Aquino’s statement that they should “apologize” and instead dared the President to forget the past and move on.
Marcos is running for vice president next year. His mother and former First Lady Imelda Marcos is a representative of the family’s bailiwick of Ilocos Norte while his elder sister Imee is provincial governor.