- Gov. Imee Marcos said her family will not make a “legal admission of guilt” in relation to atrocities committed under Martial Law
- Gov. Marcos had previously said sorry for “mistakes” committed by her father but did not elaborate on human rights abuses
- The Marcos family urges the public to “move on” from the issue of Martial Law
The eldest daughter of former President Ferdinand Marcos, incumbent Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, said that her family will not be issuing a “legal admission of guilt” anytime soon with regards to the atrocities committed during Martial Law under President Marcos.
Governor Marcos had earlier admitted that some mistakes were made under the administration of her late father.
“Pinagtutukuyan ko, walang tao na perpekto at sa hindi inaasahang pangyayari, may nasasaktan, may nagkakamali. Hindi naman nagsasabi miski saan sa amin na perpekto ang tatay ko. Siya mismo ang unang aamin na marami siyang kapalpakan. [I refer to the fact that there is no perfect person and for the unwanted events, where there were people who got hurt, someone made a mistake. We do not say that my father was perfect. He would be the first to admit that he had a lot of flaws],” she told GMA News.
She had earlier asked for forgiveness for mistakes made under her father’s term, but was adamant that there would be no “legal admission of guilt” pertaining to human rights violations committed under Martial Law.
Governor Marcos said that her family would continue to defend themselves against the criminal charges filed against them.
“Ang iba diyan, ang gusto may legal admission of guilt na palagay ko ay napakahirap namang gawin lalo pa batang-bata pa ko. Hindi ko naman kayang gawin kahit pilitin ninyo ko at wala namang papayag sa aming mga abugado noong ganung klaseng legal admission of guilt. Iyon ang hinahanap nila, eh malabo naman,” she explained.
[Others want a legal admission of guilt which in my opinion, would be very difficult to do especially since I was very young. I cannot do that even if I forced myself and no one among our lawyers would agree to that kind of legal admission of guilt. That’s what they are looking for and that’s vague.]
The Marcos family has urged the public to “move on” from the days of Martial Law despite persistent clamor from victims of various human rights abuses and their families that the Marcoses acknowledge the atrocities committed under the dictatorship of the late strongman.