MANILA – In an interview with ANC’s Headstart, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. stirred away from apologizing regarding the alleged dictatorship, corruption and abuse of human rights by his late father and former president Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
“Will I say sorry for the thousands and thousands of kilometers [of roads] that were built? Will I say sorry for the agricultural policy that brought us to self-sufficiency in rice? Will I say sorry for the power generation? Will I say sorry for the highest literacy rate in Asia? What am I to say sorry about?” he said.
The senator, however, clarified that he and his family have always apologized to those who might have been victimized or neglected during his father’s presidency.
“We have constantly said that if during the time of my father, kung may nasagasaan, o merong sinasabing hindi natulungan o (if there were those who were run over or those who were neglected or) they were victimized in some way or another, of course, we are sorry that happened. Nobody wants that to happen. These are instances that have fallen through the cracks,” he said.
With speculations that he has been considering joining next year’s presidential race, Marcos did not see his surname or family background hindering his chances of winning the Filipino’s votes.
Sorry for Marcos
Reacting on Marcos’ statements, Commission of Human Rights former chairperson Loreta Ann Rosales believed that the senator needed to do a reality check.
Rosales stated that the least that Marcos could do was to assume some accountability over his father’s transgressions instead of boasting achievements.
“Being a senator, he has accountability. I feel sorry for Senator Marcos. I think he needs a reality check,” she said in a different interview also with ANC.
“When he talks about roads, the development in education, literacy rate, etc. Hey, that’s regular routine for a president. A president has all authority, power, and money to do all these things,” she added.