Imelda Marcos defends Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi

( Former First Lady and incumbent Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos on Tuesday defended Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, whose country is currently facing political turmoil brought about by rebels protesting against his 42-year rule, reports ABS-CBN News.

Marcos visited Libya in 1976 and 1977 to ask for Libya’s help in the peace negotiations with the Moro National Liberation Front. In a statement, Marcos wrote: "It is my fervent hope that a peaceful and human solution is achieved in the ’Middle East Problem.’ Based on the Koran, Islam is peace. Let us all pray for world peace!"

Earlier this year, Marcos urged the Libyan leader to be nonviolent like her late husband Ferdinand Marcos, who she said did not resort to violence to quell protests during EDSA 1. In previous reports she was quoted saying, "He is fighting for honor. He is fighting for justice... I (can) not blame him because I have been fighting too, (through) so much pain and persecution to uphold truth and honor." In a GMA report, Marcos mentioned that Gaddafi respected her. "I think he respected me because he even said to me, 'I admire your commitment and courage for peace,’" she said.

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