MANILA, Philippines – Thirty years after the EDSA Revolution that overthrown his father, Senator Bongbong Marcos believes that there are many plans that were disrupted and the Philippines would have been a better country had it not been for the Edsa People Power in February 1896.
“It’s difficult to say something because I was on the other side of the EDSA barricade. What I’m just saying is, many things were disrupted which could have been completed in 1986”, Marcos said.
The vice-president aspirant refused to apologize for the alleged human rights abuses and injustices committed by his father’s regime during martial law by saying: “If I’ve hurt anyone, I will always say sorry, but what have I been guilty of to apologize about?” According to Benito Lim, a political science professor from the Ateneo de Manila University, “He should be judged based on what he does now, because there’s no law that says the son should pay for the sins of his father”.
President Benigno Aquino III declared February 25 as a non-working holiday to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of EDSA People Power with the theme “PAGBABAGO: Ipinaglaban n’yo, Itutuloy ko!” However, as the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Bongbong Marcos says he will not have public appearances today in the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolt where President Benigno ‘PNoy’ Aquino is expected to attend as guest of honor. We all know Aquino is the son of Cory – the woman who succeeded Marcos Sr.- and former Senator Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino; the man whose assassination is believed to be the precursor of the People Power Revolution of 1986.
His answer to the event that toppled his father, “Tapos na yun. Ang iniisip namin kung ano ang gagawin ngayon. We still have a long way to go. Marami pang hinaing ang taong bayan. Iyon ang dapat pinag-uusapan at binibigyan sila ng pag-asa’.Iba na ang panahon ngayon. It’s not 1986. It’s 2016. Maraming bagay na kailangan tugunang mga problema.”
He also talks about the ‘problematic’ MRT which he claimed his father has originally planned to have 8 lines. “Para magpagawa ng walong linya, pagbili lang ng bagong tren ay napakalaking problema,” he said. He also laments about the decline of quality in education in our country plus and the staggering fuel prices. During a sortie in Pangasinan province on February 12, he said that the country “regressed in many, many ways since 1986.”
Finally, the front-runner in the vice presidential race believes that Martial law is no longer a poll issue now.
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