MANILA - Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos has called for peace and forgiveness after the Supreme Court allowed the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Wednesday.
"'Wag na tayo magdebate. Kung ano man ang ating galit, hinanakit sa inyong puso, let it go na po," Marcos' daughter said.
(Let's not debate about this anymore. Whatever hate, resentment you have in your heart, let it go.)
"Magpatawad na tayo, magkaisa na tayo, mag move on na ang Pilipinas," she added.
(Let us forgive, let us be united, let the Philippines move on.)
Thousands of Filipinos were jailed and killed under the Marcos-led military rule.
Imee said the SC decision showed that if the government can talk to "Muslim brothers and the Reds," they can also listen to the plea of the Ilocanos and all other loyal Marcos supporters.
But former Senator Bongbong Marcos, in a separate interview, said the Marcos family will not issue an apology as "it is no longer the issue."
In an interview also with dzMM, Bongbong thanked President Rodrigo Duterte, who advocated for his father's burial.
"Kami ay nagpapasalamat sa justices sa kanilang ginawa at kay President Duterte [We are thanking the justices and President Duterte," said Bongbong.
"Kung tapos na ang desisyon ng Korte Suprema, siguro naman pwede nang ituloy ang paghahanda [If the court has decided, maybe we can proceed with the preparations for the burial]," he said.
-- With reports from Dennis Datu, Katrina Domingo, Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News