Bongbong needs reality check, says Etta Rosales

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Posted at Aug 27 2015 03:30 PM | Updated as of Aug 28 2015 01:11 AM

MANILA - A reality check.

That's what Senator Ferdinand ''Bongbong'' Marcos Jr. needs after the lawmaker continued to defend martial law, said Loreta Ann Rosales, former chairperson of the Commission of Human Rights.

Speaking to ANC on Wednesday, Rosales said Marcos, the only son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, should at least assume some accountability.

"Being a senator, he has accountability. I feel sorry for Sen. Marcos. I think he needs a reality check,'' she said.

The younger Marcos earlier told ANC that he and his family have nothing to apologize for what happened during the regime of his father.

READ: Bongbong on Marcos era: What am I to say sorry for?

Marcos, whose election to the Senate in 2010 marked the return of the Marcos clan to national politics, said the supposed progress experienced by the Philippines under his father outweighs the criticisms being lodged against him.

"Kung meron akong sinaktan, I will always say sorry, but what I've been guilty of to apologize about?" Marcos told ANC.

''Will I say sorry for the thousands and thousands of kilometers 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?''

Rosales, however, said Marcos should not boast of his father's accomplishments in building infrastructures.

"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,'' Rosales said.

"There's nothing particularly distinguishing about building roads. That's expected for the president. Considering the fact that his father ruled as a dictator for 14 years, good heavens, he should at least be able to accomplish all that stuff," she added.

She added the infrastructure projects finished during martial law that the senator mentioned are par for the course.

Nonetheless, the younger Marcos said in the interview that he and his family feel sorry for people who felt injustice during his father's time.

The elder Marcos was ousted from power in 1986 through a popular revolt triggered by the killing of Ninoy Aquino Jr., the father of President Benigno Aquino III.