MANILA - Former President Benigno Aquino III on Friday aired his sentiments following the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Friday.
But according to Aquino's spokesperson, Abigail Valte, the former president's statement focused on those who now lived to tell their stories.
"Former President Aquino believes at a time like this, it is fitting that we hear the voices of others: learn about their stories, the persons behind the statistics, their loved ones lost to the regime of Martial Law. They should never be forgotten," Aquino said.
Aquino is the only son of Sen. Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. and the late President Corazaon Aquino. His father was the opposition leader during the martial law regime of Marcos. Ninoy was assassinated on August 21, 1983.
On Friday, the Marcoses buried the late dictator at the LNMB despite protests from various sectors. His remains were flown in from Ilocos Norte and buried at noon.
The country marked the 30th anniversary of Marcos' ouster this year, with 75,000 victims still awaiting reparation.
The Marcoses allegedly plundered $10 billion from state coffers during their reign and only $4 billion in cash and assets have been recovered by an anti-graft body formed by his successor, Aquino III’s mother, the late president Corazon Aquino.
President Rodrigo Duterte, an ally of the Marcoses, allowed the burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, which was the late strongman's last wish, according to his family.