- Former president shot back at Marcos’ daughter over Martial Law role
- He said Imee was not a child but a fully-grown responsible person during father’s regime
- He also said he had already atoned for his sin by risking his life in EDSA revolution
MANILA, Philippines – Former president Fidel V. Ramos shot back at Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos after the latter chided him over his own role in the Martial Law era, saying she was not a child at the time as she claimed.
Ramos, who served as head of the Philippine Constabulary during the rule of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, said Imee was a youth leader during Martial Law and thus could not have been unaware of what was happening.
“That’s a funny story. When Imee said that they were still young, in fact she said ‘maliliit pa kami ng mga bata’ in Tagalog, I know how old she is because she is one year older than my eldest daughter,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying. “Within a few years after the proclamation of the martial law, Imee was elected, in quotes, ‘president of the Kabataang Barangay.’ So was she a little baby or a little musmusin? Of course not. She was a responsible person.”
Countering the younger Marcos who said he should be also punished for his role during Martial Law, Ramos said he had in fact already atoned for his sins by leading the EDSA Revolution.
“I hope you people will remember your history. My apology was more than an apology. In the Christian tradition, you confess and then you atone. My atonement was leading the military and the police during the Edsa People Power Revolution from the 22nd to 25th of February in 1986,” he said.
According to Ramos, they were at the time ready to die in face of Marcos’s overwhelming advantage in terms of firepower.
“Our atonement at that time was we were ready to die— sacrificing life, family, and future. We laid it on the altar of our nationhood, and said take it away, because what were the odds? Marcos was the overwhelming force. They had the weapons, the chain of command, chief of staff of the Armed Forces under him. And so that was our atonement. Patay kung patay,” he said.