MANILA, Philippines - Former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Congresswoman Imelda Marcos decried on Wednesday the persecution endured by her family, which she said started during the time of President Corazon Aquino and continues until today.
“The persecution of all the Marcoses, living and dead continues from the time of the first Aquino as revolutionary president up to the present. The persecution has even intensified throughout the 25 years that had passed. But we are believers in divine justice. We believe that ultimately, justice truth and God will prevail and if you are on the side of truth, God is on your side," Marcos said in a statement.
Marcos issued the statement after being pressed by media to comment on whether or not her family had accepted a proposal to bury the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos in Ilocos Norte instead of the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.
In the statement, the former First Lady said that from day one, her husband wanted to come home to defend himself against the 901 cases filed against him but he was not allowed to do so.
She said that after her husband's death, she had to fight all the way to the Supreme Court for her family's right to return to the Philippines. The High Court later granted their request to return.
The former First Lady said the choice of the late President's final resting place "is not a political decision. It cannot and should not depend on surveys or on any so-called solomonic approach."
She noted that President Benigno Aquino III himself confessed that he was biased on the issue of Marcos's burial, which prompted him to delegate the matter to Vice-President Jejomar Binay.
Before Binay could resolve the issue, Marcos said Aquino told the Associated Press that an honorable burial for the late President "will never happen under his watch, not while he is president."
"That made it clear that President Marcos would not get the honorable burial he rightfully deserves no matter what Vice-President Binay’s survey shows," she said.
She added: "The Marcos family and all the people who truly respect honor and love Ferdinand will ensure in our humble way to give president Ferdinand Marcos a truly honorable and sacred resting place in peace with his creator unto infinity."
Before issuing the statement, Marcos tried to evade questions from House reporters about their family's decision on the proposal to bury the late dictator in Ilocos Norte.
She said she did not discuss the proposal with Binay when they met at an event on Tuesday.
She, however, added that her husband deserves a hero’s burial.