Ateneo de Manila University apologizes for inviting Imelda Marcos to scholarship event

She apparently helped fund the organization before Martial Law.

(SPOT.ph) GMA News reports that Ateneo de Manila University President Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ issued an apology after photos of Imelda Marcos attending the 40th anniversary celebration of the Ateneo Scholarship Foundation (ASF) spread online and incited criticism in social media.

 

Professors, students, and others expressed their disappointment at the invitation for Ferdinand Marcos’ widow to be guest of honor. According to Michael Liberatore, an instructor at the university, posted on Facebook, "I am supposed to return to school for the work week and participate in meetings and teach classes in which I strive with others to help our young people manifest values that our institution allegedly upholds in developing the nation? How can one possibly do this if Imelda is the guest of honor at a scholarship event under the rationale she helped start the fund before martial law?"

 

According to GMA News, the former First Lady and current Ilocos Norte Representative was at the function because the ASF initiated with a donation from the proceeds of a Van Cliburn piano concert that she organized in 1974.

 

"Please know that in the education of our youth, the Ateneo de Manila will never forget the Martial Law years of oppression and injustice presided over by Mr. Ferdinand Marcos. We would not be catching up on nation building as we are today, had it not been for all that was destroyed during that terrible time," said Villarin. He also added that the administration will be more mindful of its guest decisions in the future.

 

For more on this story, log on to GMA Network. Thumbnail photo courtesy of AFP.

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