MANILA – Vice-presidential candidate Sen. Bongbong Marcos said the Martial Law period when his father, President Ferdinand Marcos, was in power should not be considered an election issue.
Marcos said there are more important issues to discuss with regard to the May 9 elections, including programs and platforms that aim to uplift the lives of the Filipinos.
"Kapag kinakausap mo ang taong bayan ang tinatanong ano ang maitutulong nyo sa amin, wala kami trabaho, MRT hindi gumagana, airport maliit, kulang sa kuryente," he said, "Ni minsan hindi ko naririnig yan (Martial Law)."
He said some people even show gratitude to the supposed good things that came out of the presidency of his father.
"Nagpapasalamat pa sila sa ginawa ng aking ama na hanggang ngayon napapakinabangan pa nila," he said.
The namesake of the late dictator has been criticized for refusing to apologize for the atrocities committed under his father's regime.
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He said any injustice committed during his father's presidency was not sanctioned by the government.
Trying to move on from the past and chart his own path in the world of politics, the younger Marcos earlier said in a dzMM interview that achieving closure over the supposed wrongdoings committed during the Martial Law era was not within his power.
''Wala sa kamay ko na magbigay ng closure na sinasabi ko. It is not within my power, it is not within my means to do that. That's why I cannot,'' he said in the dzMM interview.
Marcos said he would apologize if he did something wrong.
''Naiintindihan ko na people are looking for closure, but to provide that closure is not within my hands. Wala sa akin yun eh, hindi ko kayang ibigay sa iyo yun eh,'' he said.
''Kung meron akong ginawang pagkakamali, halimbawa, meron tayong inimplementa na bagay, polisiya na inilagay na mali, eh 'di syempre, basta't ako ay nagkamali, meron akong sinaktan o may nahirapan sa aking ginawa, eh siyempre ako ay mag-aapologize."
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The country will celebrate this month the 30th anniversary of the People Power Revolution, which saw the ouster of the older Marcos.