Imelda Marcos urges Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi to be nonviolent like Ferdinand Marcos during EDSA 1
Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos has called for Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi to be like her late husband Ferdinand Marcos, who she said did not resort to violence to quell protests during the 1986 People Power Revolution. Kadhafi, who has held Libya’s highest office for more than 40 years, is currently facing mass protests calling for the end of his tenure.
ABS-CBN News quoted her: "Andoon na sa gate ang mga tao, hindi nagpaputok si Marcos at nagpatay ng isang tao. Wala kaming Mendiola Massacre." ("In 1986, people were already at the gates but Marcos did not order troops to fire. We did not have a Mendiola Massacre.")
The former First Lady said she hopes Kadhafi would remember that Islam is "for peace," as he told her in the ’70s when he was trying to convince her to convert to Islam, reports ABS-CBN News. According to the report, she visited Libya twice in the ’70s to ask for the country’s help in dealing with the Muslim rebellion in Mindanao.
Marcos added that she understands what Kadhafi is going through. "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."
According to ABS-CBN News, she said she doesn’t believe the Philippines could have become another Libya if not for People Power, as President Noynoy Aquino said. Instead, she cited her son Senator Bongbong Marcos. "Baka daw naging Singapore. Baka nahigitan pa natin ang Singapore... Ano doon sila sa Singapore? Disciplined. Ang sigaw ni Marcos under Martial Law, sa kaunlaran ng bayan, disiplina ang kailangan."
("We could have been like Singapore or even better than Singapore. Singaporeans are known for their discipline. Discipline was Marcos’ battle cry under the Martial Law.")
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