Malacañang on Thursday said family feud is not behind the Aquino’s administration’s continued pursuit of justice for victims of human rights violations under the Marcos regime.
In a news conference, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said President Benigno Aquino 3rd bears no ill will against the Marcoses but he wants justice for the victims of martial law.
“Ito ay hindi usaping pamilya. Ito ay usapin ng katarungan [This is not an issue between families, its about justice],” Coloma told reporters.
He was reacting to Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s statement that reconciliation between the Marcoses and the Aquinos would be good for the country.
“Hindi siya [Aquino] sang-ayon doon sa proposisyon na ito ay sa pagitan ng pamilya dahil ang kanyang katugunan ay patungkol sa kahalagahan ng pagkamit ng katarungan para sa mga mamamayan [The President disagrees with the proposition that the issue is simpy a battle between two families but one that considers that justice is served the people],” Coloma said.
The Palace official added that he saw no personal animosity between Aquino and the Marcoses in official government functions where the President has no choice but to interact with Bongbong, his mother Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos and his sister llocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos.
He noted that the President is determined to seek justice for victims of human rights violations.
Coloma said this was also the reason why Aquino has remained consistent in opposing the Marcos patriarch’s burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani.
“Pinapaalala ni Pangulong Aquino ang kahalagahan ng paggawad ng katarungan para sa marami pang nakabinbin na [isyu]bunsod ng diktadurya, kabilang na ang human rights violations at alleged ill-gotten wealth [The President only thinks of the importance of obtaining justice for those whose human rights had been violated by the Marcos regime, and other issues including the Marcoses amassing ill-gotten wealth],” he added.
In a radio interview, Senator Marcos was asked if it was still possible for his family to reconcile with the Aquinos.
“That’s something that would be good for the country. Kasi alam naman natin itong away na ito na hanggang ngayon ay tuluy-tuloy pa. Ito’y sagabal sa pagkakaisa dito sa bansa. Kailangan we have to get past it and put it behind us. [That’s something that would be good for the country. We all know that this feud continues up to now. This prevents us from uniting the country. We have to get past it… put it behind us. There are so many things we need to do],” he said.
“For the Marcos family, this political feud is already over. It’s not personal. It was only my father and Ninoy Aquino who fought in the 1960s and 1970s, so we should get past it already and stop making an issue out of it. We won’t gain anything from continuing to revive the Aquino-Marcos feud for no reason. We’ll get nothing [out of that],” Marcos added.
Ninoy Aquino is late former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., father of the incumbent President.