The atrocities committed under the Martial law regime will not prevent Vice President Jejomar Binay from accepting Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as his running mate if the latter will agree to run for vice president in 2016.
Binay noted that the sin of former president Ferdinand Marcos should not be passed on to his children.
“Ang minamasama nila kay Bongbong ay siya ay anak ni former president Ferdinand Marcos. Pero si Ferdinand Marcos tapos na po, namatay na po. Iyong ipinaglaban natin ay nagamot na ho natin…nabalik na po noong panahon ni President Cory ang diwa ng demokrasya. Hindi na ho issue [What they are taking against Bongbong is the fact that he is the son of former President Marcos. But Ferdinand Marcos is over. He is dead. What we fought for…we have already got it back at the time of former President Cory (Aquino)…the essence of democracy. It (Martial law) is not an issue anymore],” Binay said in an interview with TV5’s Luchi Cruz Valdez.
Binay, a human rights lawyer, fought for the rights of the people abused during the Martial law years. The most prominent victim was former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., father of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
After 27 years, Congress passed a Marcos compensation law, a landmark legislation that makes the former strongman and his family liable for human rights abuses under Martial law by providing P10 billion for the remuneration of victims of atrocities such as summary executions, enforced disappearances, and torture.
“The best assumption is the goodness of the man,” Binay said in defense of senator Marcos.
The Marcoses are back in power. Former First Lady Imelda Marcos is a member of the House of Representatives, representing Ilocos Nort. Her daughter Imee is the governor of Ilocos Norte.
Binay said he wants a presidency that is unifying and healing, citing that it has been done in the past as evidenced by the good diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Japan.
“That [chapter]is over. We have to move on,” the vice president said.
Binay, however, admitted that there are ghosts that haunt people forever.
“Magiging kasinungalingan o kaipokrituhan ang sabihin sa iyo na mawawalan ng agam-agam lalong lalo na iyong mga naging biktima ng martial law. Pero tapos na iyon (It would be a lie or hypocrisy to say that the fears brought about by Martial law, especially among the victims. But that period is over),” he said.
Senator Marcos has not made any declaration what position he will be seeking in 2016. He only admitted that he will not run for reelection.