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PNoy: MARCOSES SHOULD APOLOGIZE TO FILIPINOS FOR MARTIAL LAW


OCTOBER 27 -PNoy sa mga Marcos: Mapagpatawad ang mga Pinoy, ayaw niyo lang mag-sorry COMPOSITE PHOTO BONGBONG AND PNoy PHILSTAR FILE  -President Benigno Aquino III said Tuesday that the family of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos should apologize for the atrocities committed against Filipinos during Martial Law. Aquino answered in the affirmative when asked during the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines's presidential forum whether the Marcoses have something to apologize for. While he is of the belief "that you shouldn't visit the sins of the parents on the children," Aquino said the Marcoses should admit the wrongdoings during their stay in power. "If they said, 'We erred. We had this opportunity to turn this country greater as our father promised and it did not happen. We apologize. We want to make amends.' That I think would have been very, very acceptable," Aquino said. "We are a very forgiving people as a general rule. But they (Marcoses) have statements that they have nothing to apologize for," he added. Unlike the Marcoses, Aquino said the Philippine government had apologized to Martial Law victims when it enacted into law the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013. READ MORE...RELATED, PNoy on Ninoy’s assassination: Marcos dictatorship allowed it to happen...

ALSO Palace smarting from solons’ rap: Lacierda lashed at solons who said Aquino govt no compassion


NOV EMBER 1 -Lacierda hit Senator Ferdinand Marcos and his cousin Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez for claiming that the Aquino administration does not want to push a tax cut bill in Congress because they don’t care about the sufferings of Filipinos. A PALACE official lashed out at opposition leaders on Saturday for saying that the Aquino administration lacks compassion for Filipinos who are the highest taxed people in Southeast Asia, but suffer sub-standard public services. “They should never ever say that the government has no heart, that the government has no malasakit [compassion],” Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in an interview on government-run Radyo ng Bayan. “In the six years of our government, everything will be done to help those who are at the fringes of society,” he said, adding that opposition leaders are only making political appeals for votes in next year’s elections. Lacierda hit Senator Ferdinand Marcos and his cousin Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez for claiming that the Aquino administration does not want to push a tax cut bill in Congress because they don’t care about the sufferings of Filipinos. Marcos, the son of former President Ferdinand Marcos, is running for vice president while Romualdez, the son of former Ambassador Benjamin Romualdez, is seeking his first term in the Senate. “Everybody is saying ‘I’m in favor of lowering this, I’m in favor of lowering that’ because it’s campaign season. Elections are already near,” Lacierda said. “But we are government. We have to be responsible. We recognize there’s a concern. We recognize that some people would like to lower the tax rates and we’re saying, ‘we’re all together in this,” he said. But the public should not expect a “Christmas gift” like a new tax rate cut law, as suggested by Marcos, because the government wants to review the tax law “comprehensively.” “Again, we are all in favor of greater take home pay but we need to review the tax laws comprehensively,” he said. Lacierda also lashed at Romualdez for saying that the Aquino administration has no compassion for people who continue to endure sub-standard public services while economic growth has slowed down because of government underspending. Lacierda said the Aquino administration has invested P75 billion for its Conditional Cash Transfer Program which financially assists 4.4-million families, or over 20 million Filipinos. The coverage of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has also been expanded under the Aquino administration, Lacierda said. “Sabihin mo kay Martin Romualdez, hindi ba iyan malasakit? [You tell Martin Romualdez, is that not compassion?],” Lacierda asked. “You tell me if that is not malasakit. Don’t go out there saying that this government does not care for its people. We have invested so much government revenues,” he added. Lacierda slammed Romualdez a day after presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe admitted she was disappointed Romualdez could not be included in her senatorial slate because the congressman has been fighting for many of the things she too wanted, especially help for his constituents in Eastern Visayas who were devastated by Super Typhoon “Yolanda.” Poe, the presidential frontrunner in the most recent opinion surveys, also asked the public to support someone like Romualdez because his platform of government is anchored on good governance, accountability and transparency. But Romualdez’s House allies came to his defense and said it was a congressman’s duty to fight for his constituents and Romualdez’s advocacy for reasonable income tax rates proves he is worthy of the Senate. “[That is the] height of insensitivity,” 1-BAP Rep. Silvestre Bello told The Standard in response to Palace’s admonition against Romualdez. READ MORE...

ALSO BONGBONG MARCOS: We're being elected by the people, the Filipino electorate has moved on from martial law years
[“I’m thankful that I’m a Marcos. I congratulate myself for choosing my parents very well,” he said during a news forum in Quezon City last Oct. 7. “Ang bait ng taumbayan sa amin. I think overall, I grew up to a privileged childhood because I am a Marcos. I was able to go to go to a good school because I’m a Marcos, I was able to enjoy the support of many people. It is all clear to me, it was a lucky thing to be born a Marcos,” he added.]


OCTOBER 28 -Philippine Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. gestures during a media forum Wednesday, Oct.7, 2015, two days after announcing he is seeking the nation’s second highest office in next year’s national elections, at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. Marcos Jr., the son of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, said that Filipinos are no longer concerned with abuses committed under his father’s rule, angering human rights activists who say he wants people to forget his father’s strongman rule that a popular revolt ended 29 years ago. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) The Associated Press The Filipino electorate has stopped dwelling on the past as regards the Marcos dictatorship and so should President Benigno Aquino III, vice presidential hopeful Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.—the son and namesake of the late strongman—said on Tuesday night. In a television interview, Marcos answered in the affirmative if he thought Aquino—the son and namesake of his father's late political archrival—should move on. Asked if he thought the public has forgotten the horrors of his father's dictatorship, he said, "Siguro, yes. Ibinoboto kami, eh." Marco said moving on was also the key to Senator Juan Ponce Enrile raising his hands when he officially declared his vice presidential bid in Manila earlier this month. "Siguro pare-pareho kaming nakapag-move on na. Ang sitwasyon ay kung ano ang sitwasyon ngayon," Marcos said. Enrile was one of the key players in the events that led to the Edsa Revolution in 1986. Then Marcos' minister of defense, Enrile and then Armed Forces vice chief of staff Fidel Ramos led that part of the military that withdrew support from Marcos and asked him to resign. Enrile, however, was also credited for being the chief implementer of martial law since it was declared in 1972. Marcos said that he and Enrile have talked about Martial Law, but said, "Pero 30 taon na 'yun, marami nang nangyari." He also pointed out that they are now colleagues at the Senate. Returning to power Returning to power isn't the Marcos family's agenda, Marcos said, in reaction to Aquino's remarks in a news forum on Monday in which the President expressed doubt that there was a resurgence of support for the Marcoses. "'Yun ang kaniyang opinyon," Marcos, who is seeking the vice presidency in 2016, said in a television interview on Tuesday night. "Ang amin namang ginagawa ay 'di naghahabol ng poder, kundi pinagpapatuloy ang serbisyo sa bansa," he said. "'Di 'yun ang isyu para sa amin, kaya 'di namin iniisip ang ganu'ng klase na pagbalik sa poder. Ang iniisip namin ay anong magagawa natin para maging mas maganda ang buhay natin." READ MORE...

ALSO Marcos: Aquino should move on from Martial Law years
["Kung mayroon akong nasaktan o mayroon akong ginawang pagkakamali, handa naman talaga akong mag-apologize pero ano 'yong ipag-aapologize, sino ba ang sinaktan ko? Saan ba ako nag-ano ng krimen? Sa palagay ko, wala namang ebidensiya tungkol d'yan," Marcos said. The senator added that he sees his vice presidential bid an opportunity to continue his family's service to Filipinos.]


OCTOBER 28 -Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said in a television interview that President Benigno Aquino III should "move on" from the martial law years. Senate PRIB/Romy Bugante | File photo
— Vice presidential aspirant Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos on Tuesday admitted that he wants President Benigno Aquino III to "move on" from the martial law years. In an interview with ABS-CBN's Bandila, Marcos was asked if he thinks that Aquino should move on and he answered, "Yes." The president earlier said that the Marcos family should apologize for the atrocities and abuses committed against Filipinos under martial rule. He answered "maybe" when asked if he believes that his family has been vindicated by the Filipino people, citing that they have been voted to public office. The senator, however, noted that there is no need for him to apologize. "Kung mayroon akong nasaktan o mayroon akong ginawang pagkakamali, handa naman talaga akong mag-apologize pero ano 'yong ipag-aapologize, sino ba ang sinaktan ko? Saan ba ako nag-ano ng krimen? Sa palagay ko, wala namang ebidensiya tungkol d'yan," Marcos said. The senator added that he sees his vice presidential bid an opportunity to continue his family's service to Filipinos. "Ang amin namang ginagawa ay hindi naghahabol ng poder kundi pinagpapatuloy lamang ang aming serbisyo sa bansa kaya hindi namin iniisip... Ang iniisip lang namin, ano magagawa natin para maging mas maganda ang buhay dito sa atin?" Marcos said. Marcos further explained that there is no need for his family to apologize since it was not the policy of his late father's administration to hurt anyone. The senator said the biggest mistake of his father was trusting the wrong people. "Ang kasaysayan ay nandyan na. Hindi natin puwedeng palitan kaya't hindi mo maitutuwid ang baluktot, hindi mo maibabaluktot ang tuwid so pabayaan natin ang kasaysayan ang maghusga sa kanya," Marcos said. RELATED: Bongbong sees no reason to apologize over father’s offenses THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: COLOMA DEFENDS NOY; SAYS, AQUINO CAN’T MOVE ON WITHOUT JUSTICE


COLOMA ON THE DEFENSE ON MARCOS STATEMENTS COMMUNICATIONS Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. yesterday said President Aquino would not be able to simply “move on” until victims of human rights violations during martial law get justice. Coloma made the statement after Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said Wednesday it is time for President Aquino to “move on.” It was in reaction to Aquino’s statement Tuesday that the Marcos family still has to apologize for the rights violations during the regime of Ferdinand Marcos. Coloma said Aquino is firm in his belief that “there can be no reconciliation without justice.” Aquino’s father, Senator Benigno Aquino, was gunned down in 1983 upon his arrival in Manila. The incident spurred events that led to the EDSA “people power revolution” of 1986 and the end of the Marcos dictatorship. “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 said. Coloma said the President has recognized that at one point, the government oppressed its people, and in effect offered apology by creating the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board to redress their grievances. He said at least 75,000 claims have been received and are now being processed. Coloma also dismissed Marcos’ statement that it should be Aquino who should apologize for the Mamasapano incident of January 2015, wherein 44 police commandos died. He said the President has already explained the issue several times and has assumed responsibility for it as the commander in chief. THIS FULL REPORT,  2 RELATED -Aquino laughs off claims on ‘resurgence’ of support for Marcoses;  Imee Marcos’ mag cover draws mixed reactions from netizens....

ALSO: Noynoy wrong, Marcos apology not enough – KMU
[The Aquino family, like the Marcos family, is also guilty of grave crimes against the Filipino workers and people. It is also guilty of plunder and human-rights violations. Its current spokesperson, Noynoy Aquino, has no moral authority to demand an apology from the Marcoses. He should also be held accountable for his crimes after the end of his term in 2016.]


OCTOBER 28 -Pres. Noynoy Aquino said yesterday that an apology from the Marcos family would be enough for the Filipino people to forgive them. He even proposed the following statement to constitute the Marcos family’s apology: “We had this opportunity to turn this country great as our father promised – it didn’t happen. We apologize, we want to make amends.” 
First of all, an apology is not enough for the Filipino workers and people to forgive the Marcos family. There should be justice and accountability for their crimes against the country. They have long been judged by Filipinos to be guilty of major crimes including plunder and human rights violations. The cases against them should be pursued by the government. It is clear, however, that Aquino wants to give the Marcos family a way out from the Filipino workers’ and people’s condemnation. He is strengthening the Marcoses’ campaign to make a comeback. The statement of apology that he is proposing is empty and evasive. In promising national forgiveness in exchange for an empty apology, Aquino is displaying nothing less than disgusting ruling-class unity against the Filipino workers and people. The Aquino family, like the Marcos family, is also guilty of grave crimes against the Filipino workers and people. It is also guilty of plunder and human-rights violations. Its current spokesperson, Noynoy Aquino, has no moral authority to demand an apology from the Marcoses. He should also be held accountable for his crimes after the end of his term in 2016. THE FULL REPORT.


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Aquino: Marcoses should apologize to Filipinos


PNoy sa mga Marcos: Mapagpatawad ang mga Pinoy, ayaw niyo lang mag-sorry COMPOSITE PHOTO BONGBONG AND PNoy PHILSTAR FILE

MANILA, NOVEMBER 2, 2015 (PHILSTAR)  By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated October 27, 2015 -President Benigno Aquino III said Tuesday that the family of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos should apologize for the atrocities committed against Filipinos during Martial Law.

Aquino answered in the affirmative when asked during the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines's presidential forum whether the Marcoses have something to apologize for.

While he is of the belief "that you shouldn't visit the sins of the parents on the children," Aquino said the Marcoses should admit the wrongdoings during their stay in power.

"If they said, 'We erred. We had this opportunity to turn this country greater as our father promised and it did not happen. We apologize. We want to make amends.' That I think would have been very, very acceptable," Aquino said.

"We are a very forgiving people as a general rule. But they (Marcoses) have statements that they have nothing to apologize for," he added.

Unlike the Marcoses, Aquino said the Philippine government had apologized to Martial Law victims when it enacted into law the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.

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"The law by itself is already a recognition," he said. "At one point in time, a government of the Philippines, oppressed its people. That's why there's need to compensate all of the victims. This is an admission by the state that at one point in time, the state erred."

Without naming names, Aquino maintained that the Marcos dictatorship was behind the assassination of his father, democracy icon and then opposition leader Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr.

The son and namesake of the former dictator, Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., said in a television interview recently that his family should not apologize for the government abuses during his father's regime.

Two weeks ago, the younger Marcos filed his certificate of candidacy for vice president. He was named by presidential aspirant Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago as her running mate.

Aquino disagreed with the perception that there is a resurgence of public support for the Marcoses.

He also expressed confidence that the Marcoses will not return to power.

"I have faith in my bosses, the Filipino people. There is nothing that has caused me to change the faith that they are able to discern," he said.

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PNoy on Ninoy’s assassination: Marcos dictatorship allowed it to happen Posted on October 27, 2015 by Ron E.J. Carleon


COMPOSITE PHOTOS FERDINAND MARCOS AND NINOY AQUINO FacebookTwitterGoogleSubscribe Aquino says the Marcos dictatorship allowed bad things to happen, including his father’s assassination An admission of the problem, at least, should be expected from the Marcos children The president also believes the Marcos children should apologize for their father’s sins

MANILA, Philippines – Without directly making connection between his father’s assassination and the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr., President Benigno Aquino III blamed the ‘mode of governance’ that existed back then for allowing such things to happen.

Speaking on a forum hosted by Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (Focap) on Tuesday, Aquino asked: “And who was the principal author of that mode of governance in turning us into a dictatorship?”

The President was obviously referring to Marcos Sr. who facilitated the implementation of martial law which, according to the dictator’s critics and alleged victims of abuses, has sent the country into one of its darkest years in history.

“Where only one person’s interest and one group’s interest mattered and everybody else’s did not? When everybody’s rights were at the behest of the ruling entity at that point in time,” Aquino added.

Cautious about making sweeping accusations against the Marcoses, in an attempt to avoid any legal repercussions from his ensuing statements, Aquino rather said the dictatorial regime somehow should be blamed for allowing the atrocities, including his father’s assassination, to happen.

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“One way of saying it is, somebody allowed such a situation to happen. And I think that’s the least I can say. The most is somebody allowed it to happen,” the president explained.

Aquino also believes that while the children cannot be blamed for the sins of their parents, they should at least recognize that those things were committed, or have happened.

Marcos’ only son and namesake, Bongbong, is running for vice president in 2016; a decision met with varying degree of anticipation by his supporters, and repugnance by long-time family critics.

In an early interview, Marcos Jr. refused to apologize for the alleged injustices committed against many victims of martial law during his father’s rule; saying he has nothing to say sorry for.

But in the same interview, Aquino said a recognition of the problem and an apology from Marcos children would have been sufficient to make amends with whatever has been done in the past.

“We apologize, we would like to make amends. That I think would have been very, very acceptable. We are a forgiving people,” the president said.

“But we have statements that there is nothing to apologize for,” he added.


MANILA STANDARD

Palace smarting from solons’ rap: Lacierda lashed at solons who sais Aquino govt no compassion posted November 01, 2015 at 12:01 am by Sara Susanne D. Fabunan

A PALACE official lashed out at opposition leaders on Saturday for saying that the Aquino administration lacks compassion for Filipinos who are the highest taxed people in Southeast Asia, but suffer sub-standard public services.

“They should never ever say that the government has no heart, that the government has no malasakit [compassion],” Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in an interview on government-run Radyo ng Bayan.

“In the six years of our government, everything will be done to help those who are at the fringes of society,” he said, adding that opposition leaders are only making political appeals for votes in next year’s elections.

Lacierda hit Senator Ferdinand Marcos and his cousin Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez for claiming that the Aquino administration does not want to push a tax cut bill in Congress because they don’t care about the sufferings of Filipinos.


Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez

Marcos, the son of former President Ferdinand Marcos, is running for vice president while Romualdez, the son of former Ambassador Benjamin Romualdez, is seeking his first term in the Senate.

“Everybody is saying ‘I’m in favor of lowering this, I’m in favor of lowering that’ because it’s campaign season. Elections are already near,” Lacierda said.

“But we are government. We have to be responsible. We recognize there’s a concern. We recognize that some people would like to lower the tax rates and we’re saying, ‘we’re all together in this,” he said.

But the public should not expect a “Christmas gift” like a new tax rate cut law, as suggested by Marcos, because the government wants to review the tax law “comprehensively.”

“Again, we are all in favor of greater take home pay but we need to review the tax laws comprehensively,” he said.

Lacierda also lashed at Romualdez for saying that the Aquino administration has no compassion for people who continue to endure sub-standard public services while economic growth has slowed down because of government underspending.

Lacierda said the Aquino administration has invested P75 billion for its Conditional Cash Transfer Program which financially assists 4.4-million families, or over 20 million Filipinos.

The coverage of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has also been expanded under the Aquino administration, Lacierda said.

“Sabihin mo kay Martin Romualdez, hindi ba iyan malasakit? [You tell Martin Romualdez, is that not compassion?],” Lacierda asked.

“You tell me if that is not malasakit. Don’t go out there saying that this government does not care for its people. We have invested so much government revenues,” he added.

Lacierda slammed Romualdez a day after presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe admitted she was disappointed Romualdez could not be included in her senatorial slate because the congressman has been fighting for many of the things she too wanted, especially help for his constituents in Eastern Visayas who were devastated by Super Typhoon “Yolanda.”

Poe, the presidential frontrunner in the most recent opinion surveys, also asked the public to support someone like Romualdez because his platform of government is anchored on good governance, accountability and transparency.

But Romualdez’s House allies came to his defense and said it was a congressman’s duty to fight for his constituents and Romualdez’s advocacy for reasonable income tax rates proves he is worthy of the Senate.

“[That is the] height of insensitivity,” 1-BAP Rep. Silvestre Bello told The Standard in response to Palace’s admonition against Romualdez.

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“This administration has the propensity to cater to the convenience of big business rather than addressing the needs of our marginalized countrymen,” Bello said. “Sino ba talaga ang boss nila? Ayala o ang masa? [Who are really their bosses? The Ayalas or the masses?]”

Bello said his party-list, the Unang Barangay Ating Paunlarin with 60,000 members, will support the Romualdez senatorial bid because he can help improve the justice system and address the education and health needs of barangays.

Abakada Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz, for his part, said the issue on lowering the income tax rates was a valid election issue in any election in any country and should not be brought down to the personal level.

De la Cruz said Romualdez was merely echoing the sentiments of millions of Filipino workers as well as other policy makers who want to provide a relief to an overtaxed public that suffers some of the worst public services in the world.

Nonetheless, Lacierda insisted that lower income taxes should not be turned into an election issue and lashed at Ibon Foundation executive director Jose Enrique Africa who criticized Lilberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II for downplaying the tax issue.

“The government, the executive, has the political levers to actually push it if they want to. If they’re not pushing it, that’s a matter of choice,” he said.

“The biggest reason that the government is not willing to reform the income tax system is that they’re taxing the rich, and they are also taxing the poor,” he added.

Lacierda hit Africa’s remarks and said there is no need to debate on the need to reform the tax laws.

“There is no debate we need to reform the tax laws, but we remind the IBON Foundation, we were able to generate so much revenue without even raising, without introducing new taxes, except for rationalizing the sin tax,” Lacierda noted.

He cited the increase of revenue is due to the improved tax collections and making sure that leakages have been plugged.


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‘WE’RE BEING ELECTED’: Filipino electorate has moved on from martial law years, Bongbong Marcos claims October 28, 2015 3:27pm


Philippine Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. gestures during a media forum Wednesday, Oct.7, 2015, two days after announcing he is seeking the nation’s second highest office in next year’s national elections, at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. Marcos Jr., the son of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, said that Filipinos are no longer concerned with abuses committed under his father’s rule, angering human rights activists who say he wants people to forget his father’s strongman rule that a popular revolt ended 29 years ago. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) The Associated Press

The Filipino electorate has stopped dwelling on the past as regards the Marcos dictatorship and so should President Benigno Aquino III, vice presidential hopeful Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.—the son and namesake of the late strongman—said on Tuesday night.

In a television interview, Marcos answered in the affirmative if he thought Aquino—the son and namesake of his father's late political archrival—should move on.

Asked if he thought the public has forgotten the horrors of his father's dictatorship, he said, "Siguro, yes. Ibinoboto kami, eh."

Marco said moving on was also the key to Senator Juan Ponce Enrile raising his hands when he officially declared his vice presidential bid in Manila earlier this month.

"Siguro pare-pareho kaming nakapag-move on na. Ang sitwasyon ay kung ano ang sitwasyon ngayon," Marcos said.

Enrile was one of the key players in the events that led to the Edsa Revolution in 1986. Then Marcos' minister of defense, Enrile and then Armed Forces vice chief of staff Fidel Ramos led that part of the military that withdrew support from Marcos and asked him to resign.

Enrile, however, was also credited for being the chief implementer of martial law since it was declared in 1972.

Marcos said that he and Enrile have talked about Martial Law, but said, "Pero 30 taon na 'yun, marami nang nangyari." He also pointed out that they are now colleagues at the Senate.

Returning to power

Returning to power isn't the Marcos family's agenda, Marcos said, in reaction to Aquino's remarks in a news forum on Monday in which the President expressed doubt that there was a resurgence of support for the Marcoses.

"'Yun ang kaniyang opinyon," Marcos, who is seeking the vice presidency in 2016, said in a television interview on Tuesday night.

"Ang amin namang ginagawa ay 'di naghahabol ng poder, kundi pinagpapatuloy ang serbisyo sa bansa," he said. "'Di 'yun ang isyu para sa amin, kaya 'di namin iniisip ang ganu'ng klase na pagbalik sa poder. Ang iniisip namin ay anong magagawa natin para maging mas maganda ang buhay natin."

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Earlier that day, Aquino was asked whether he was of view that there is a "resurgence of support" for the Marcoses, to which he replied, "No, no. I think the answer to that is very obvious. I don't think so."

"I have faith in my bosses, the Filipino people.. There is nothing that has caused me to change the faith that they are able to discern," the President said during the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines annual presidential forum.

Aquino also said in the forum that the Marcos family should apologize for the implementation of Martial Law in the country.

Why apologize?

While saying he was ready to say sorry if he was found at fault, Marcos said he didn't see what he has to apologize for in the matter.

"Kung meron akong nasaktan o nagawan ng mali, handa akong mag-apologize. Pero ang ipag-a-apologize? Sino ba ang sinaktan ko? Saan ba ako nag-ano ng krimen?" he said.

He added: "Wala namang ebidensya tungkol diyan. Pero kung may ipakita na meron akong nagawa na dahil du'n merong nahirapan at may nasaktan, handang handa ako na mag-apologize."

After Marcos announced his bid for the vice presidency, human rights victims who suffered during Martial Law voewed to the dictators' crimes would not be forgotten.

"Bongbong Marcos’s vice-presidential candidacy is a clarion call not only for the countless victims of martial law, but for all freedom-loving Filipinos to wage the strongest struggle against the resurrection of the Marcos type of rapacious and fascist rule," said Bonifacio Ilagan, vice-chairman of Selda (Cell), an organization of former martial law prisoners.

But despite the negative issues being linked to his name and family, Bongbong has maintained that he is lucky to be a Marcos.

“I’m thankful that I’m a Marcos. I congratulate myself for choosing my parents very well,” he said during a news forum in Quezon City last Oct. 7.

“Ang bait ng taumbayan sa amin. I think overall, I grew up to a privileged childhood because I am a Marcos. I was able to go to go to a good school because I’m a Marcos, I was able to enjoy the support of many people. It is all clear to me, it was a lucky thing to be born a Marcos,” he added. -Rose-An Jessica Dioquino/NB/JST, GMA News


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Bongbong: Aquino should move on By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated October 28, 2015 - 4:13pm 2 454 googleplus0 1


Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said in a television interview that President Benigno Aquino III should "move on" from the martial law years. Senate PRIB/Romy Bugante | File photo

MANILA, Philippines — Vice presidential aspirant Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos on Tuesday admitted that he wants President Benigno Aquino III to "move on" from the martial law years.

In an interview with ABS-CBN's Bandila, Marcos was asked if he thinks that Aquino should move on and he answered, "Yes."

The president earlier said that the Marcos family should apologize for the atrocities and abuses committed against Filipinos under martial rule.

He answered "maybe" when asked if he believes that his family has been vindicated by the Filipino people, citing that they have been voted to public office.

The senator, however, noted that there is no need for him to apologize.

"Kung mayroon akong nasaktan o mayroon akong ginawang pagkakamali, handa naman talaga akong mag-apologize pero ano 'yong ipag-aapologize, sino ba ang sinaktan ko? Saan ba ako nag-ano ng krimen? Sa palagay ko, wala namang ebidensiya tungkol d'yan," Marcos said.

The senator added that he sees his vice presidential bid an opportunity to continue his family's service to Filipinos.

"Ang amin namang ginagawa ay hindi naghahabol ng poder kundi pinagpapatuloy lamang ang aming serbisyo sa bansa kaya hindi namin iniisip... Ang iniisip lang namin, ano magagawa natin para maging mas maganda ang buhay dito sa atin?" Marcos said.

Marcos further explained that there is no need for his family to apologize since it was not the policy of his late father's administration to hurt anyone.

The senator said the biggest mistake of his father was trusting the wrong people.

"Ang kasaysayan ay nandyan na. Hindi natin puwedeng palitan kaya't hindi mo maitutuwid ang baluktot, hindi mo maibabaluktot ang tuwid so pabayaan natin ang kasaysayan ang maghusga sa kanya," Marcos said.

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COLOMA: AQUINO CAN’T MOVE ON WITHOUT JUSTICE By JOCELYN MONTEMAYOR October 30, 2015


COLOMA ON THE DEFENSE ON MARCOS STATEMENTS

COMMUNICATIONS Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. yesterday said President Aquino would not be able to simply “move on” until victims of human rights violations during martial law get justice.

Coloma made the statement after Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said Wednesday it is time for President Aquino to “move on.” It was in reaction to Aquino’s statement Tuesday that the Marcos family still has to apologize for the rights violations during the regime of Ferdinand Marcos.

Coloma said Aquino is firm in his belief that “there can be no reconciliation without justice.”

Aquino’s father, Senator Benigno Aquino, was gunned down in 1983 upon his arrival in Manila. The incident spurred events that led to the EDSA “people power revolution” of 1986 and the end of the Marcos dictatorship.

“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 said.

Coloma said the President has recognized that at one point, the government oppressed its people, and in effect offered apology by creating the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board to redress their grievances.

He said at least 75,000 claims have been received and are now being processed.

Coloma also dismissed Marcos’ statement that it should be Aquino who should apologize for the Mamasapano incident of January 2015, wherein 44 police commandos died.

He said the President has already explained the issue several times and has assumed responsibility for it as the commander in chief.


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Aquino laughs off claims on ‘resurgence’ of support for Marcoses By: Kristine Angeli Sabillo
@KSabilloINQ INQUIRER.net 12:20 PM October 27th, 2015
 


President Benigno Aquino III. SCREENGRAB from RTVM

President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday laughed off and questioned sources of the claim that the Marcos family is experiencing widespread support form the public.

“Resurgence of support? By appearing on the cover of a magazine? This demonstrates a resurgence of support?” Aquino told a reporter during a forum hosted by the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (Focap) at Solaire in Paranaque.

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“And social media an unquestioned source of information? It cannot be manipulated?” an incredulous Aquino said when the reporter cited social media groups expressing support for Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who is eyeing the vice presidency.

The Marcos and Aquino families have long been at odds after the President’s father, the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. was assassinated after returning from exile in the US. Ninoy Aquino was one of the staunchest critics of the senator’s father, the late former President Ferdinand Marcos. It was during Marcos’ administration that martial law was declared. It ended when a people power uprising catapulted Ninoy’s wife and the President’s mother, Corazon Aquino, to the presidency.

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Asked if he shared the view that there is a “resurgence of support” for Marcos and his sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, who was recently featured on the cover of a high society magazine, Aquino said, “No. I think the answer to that is very obvious. I don’t think so.”

The President said he had faith in the Filipino people.

“There is nothing that has caused me to change the faith. That they are able to discern,” he said when asked about the Marcoses’ possible return to power.

“What we should demonstrate or highlight is the fact that there was a period in time that contrary opinions were not encouraged. That somehow they were involved…In our watch, contrary opinions…are protected in the democratic space that we have managed to really strengthen,” he pointed out. RAM

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Imee Marcos’ mag cover draws mixed reactions from netizens SHARES: 4326 VIEW COMMENTS @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 01:38 PM October 9th, 2015


SCREENGRAB from Philippine Tatler’s Facebook page

Ageless, surgeried, or heavily photoshopped?

The cover of a lifestyle magazine featuring Ilocos Norte Governor Maria Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos drew mixed reactions from netizens.

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The 60-year-old Marcos, daughter of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, graced the cover of the Philippine Tatler’s October fashion issue, where she was photographed wearing a red Filipiñana gown and with her feet bare. Her mother, a former first lady, was known for her expensive shoe collection.

The words “beautiful, strong, and enigmatic” were also printed on the cover.

Some netizens expressed admiration for Marcos for “still looking young and beautiful” in spite of her age.

“Still fabulous and gorgeous as ever! Ang Dyosa (The Goddess)! Carry on po, Idol Madam Imee!” said Catherine Manuel-Ferrer in a comment on Marcos’ Facebook page.

“Wow na wow, beauty in and out, hardworking talagang pusong makabayan at ang bansag na photocopy brain. I hope someday maging President siya pagdating ng tamang panahon,” Zenaida Piol said.

(Wow, beauty in and out, hardworking, really nationalistic at heart and known as the “photocopy brain.” I hope someday she will become the President when the right time comes.)

“So gorgeous, elegant, strong-willed, very intelligent lady!” said Carmela Walker.

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Others, however, criticized the cover, saying that Marcos underwent plastic surgery and that the photo was heavily edited. Facebook users also brought up the human rights violations committed during the dictatorial rule of Marcos’ father.

“Philippine Tatler Editors: Have you sunk this low? True beauty at 60 has nothing to do with a re-configured-with-plastic-surgery face and body. True beauty at 60 comes from a life well lived in the service of others. Imee Marcos shares the shame and guilt of her father and mother,” said Susan Quimpo, referring to Martial Law victims.

“Philippine Tatler, while you present taste in all things luxurious, this time you promote no taste. If it weren’t for us taxpayers, she won’t have that glamour you’re featuring her for,” Nizrhane Abdallah said.

Lorraine Marie Badoy, daughter of former Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Anacleto Badoy, said Marcos did her homework well by getting “one of the best plastic surgeons to chainsaw her baba (chin) and anime her eyes and god knows what else.”

Badoy said Marcos’ red gown was reflective of the blood shed in the atrocities committed during her father’s regime.

“I see how massive wealth stolen from a country bleeding and down on its knees can be used to buy not just respectability but oh-darn-god adoration from the very people this family of shameless thieves have bled dry,” Badoy said. “And I see red, Imee. I see the blood of thousands of martyrs of Martial Law–bloodied, hogtied, chopped with evidence of severe torture, rape.”

“So yeah, I look at the heavily-photoshopped, massively-plastic-surgeried Imee and I see the truth Marcos loyalists do not want to see and what the deeply asleep cannot see: A monster who continues to live in vulgar extravagance with wealth stolen from generations of Filipinos. Someone who is part of that family of obscene fucks who stole our country’s bright future and has done so without a tinge of shame nor remorse,” she added.
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KILUSANG MAYO Press Statement 28 October 2015

Noynoy wrong, Marcos apology not enough – KMU

Pres. Noynoy Aquino said yesterday that an apology from the Marcos family would be enough for the Filipino people to forgive them. He even proposed the following statement to constitute the Marcos family’s apology: “We had this opportunity to turn this country great as our father promised – it didn’t happen. We apologize, we want to make amends.”

First of all, an apology is not enough for the Filipino workers and people to forgive the Marcos family. There should be justice and accountability for their crimes against the country. They have long been judged by Filipinos to be guilty of major crimes including plunder and human rights violations. The cases against them should be pursued by the government.

It is clear, however, that Aquino wants to give the Marcos family a way out from the Filipino workers’ and people’s condemnation. He is strengthening the Marcoses’ campaign to make a comeback.

The statement of apology that he is proposing is empty and evasive. In promising national forgiveness in exchange for an empty apology, Aquino is displaying nothing less than disgusting ruling-class unity against the Filipino workers and people.

The Aquino family, like the Marcos family, is also guilty of grave crimes against the Filipino workers and people. It is also guilty of plunder and human-rights violations. Its current spokesperson, Noynoy Aquino, has no moral authority to demand an apology from the Marcoses. He should also be held accountable for his crimes after the end of his term in 2016.

Reference: Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson, 0908-1636597


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