P-Noy says the Marcoses should apologize to Filipinos
Without naming anyone, he said the Marcos dictatorship was behind the assassination of his father.
(SPOT.ph) President Benigno Aquino III said that the family of former president Ferdinand Marcos should apologize to the Filipinos for the cruelty and horrors caused by Martial Law. At the the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines' presidential forum on October 27, P-Noy was asked if the Marcoses should apologize for something—to which he answered in the affirmative, even if he believes “that you shouldn't visit the sins of the parents on the children."
"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. The President described Filipinos as very forgiving people, but pointed out that the Marcoses maintain that they don’t have to apologize for anything.
P-Noy said that unlike the Marcoses, the Philippine government has already asked for an apology from the victims of Martial Law through the enactment of the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013. "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 [a] need to compensate all of the victims. This is an admission by the state that at one point in time, the state erred," he added.
The president also asserted that the Marcos dictatorship was behind the assassination of his father, Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. However, he did not mention any names. As for his thoughts about the Marcoses regaining power, he said, "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."
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