A day after the 10th death anniversary of former president Corazon Aquino, President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday criticized her legacy, particularly her controversial land reform program.
“But what is the fundamental reason why some day 30 years from now we may try to balance history? Because Aquino declared land reform for the entire Philippines but exempted [Hacienda] Luisita, her own land,” he added.
Aquino’s husband was former senator Benigno Aquino Jr. who was felled by an assassin’s bullet in 1983.
The Marcoses have been accused of being behind the killing, which they have denied.
The death of Aquino, considered Marcos’ political archrival, sparked a peaceful revolution in 1986 that his wife led, resulting in the ouster of the 20-year leader and the restoration of democracy in the country. CATHERINE S. VALENTE