MANILA - Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Tuesday again addressed the history of animosity between the Marcoses and the Aquinos and how the country cannot move on if it keeps reliving the past.
Speaking to ANC's Headstart, Marcos said he cannot comment on President Aquino's desire for revenge against the Marcoses after his father, the late Sen. Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr, was killed in 1983.
"I cannot speak about his feelings and his reactions to certain events..." Marcos said.
However, the senator also pointed out that the difference between his father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, and Aquino's father, was political and not personal.
"The differences between my father and his father were in politics and not personal. I saw them speaking to each other. Ang tawagan nila 'brod.' They spoke to each other civilly but of course they were fighting tooth and nail in the political arena," he said.
In his speech before Boston College, President Aquino said he had wanted to exact revenge on then President Marcos for the murder of his father, the former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. on Aug. 21, 1983.
“As the only son, I felt an overwhelming urge to exact an eye for an eye. Mr. Marcos and his ilk were like rabid dogs that had lost all reason,” Aquino said in a speech delivered in Boston College.
“There was no longer any potential for dialogue; the only solution when confronted by a rabid dog is to put it down,” he added.
Aquino, who was 23 years old when his father was killed, said he could still remember the oppression his family suffered under the Marcos dictatorship.
“I knew that (Marcos) was a formidable foe, but regardless of this, in those moments, all I wanted was to do to Marcos as he had done unto us,” he said.
In the ANC interview, the younger Marcos said he has never spoken privately to President Aquino.
He also said he is constantly challenged by "old issues" that keep hounding him such as the Aquino assassination and his own family's fall from power in 1986.
"It is very hard to move forward and talk about the issues at hand which need our immediate attention if we keep reliving and rehashing, redebating what happened 20 odd years ago. You know the result of those events is very clear. My father’s government fell so that's it, that's the result. We really need to, then, OK, that is part of history."
"What happens now? What do we do now? We are faced with the power crisis. We are faced with economic issues and poverty issues, all these things that need to be attended to. When do we get to that?"
He also said he feels history will be kinder about his father's legacy compared to the statements of their political detractors.
"I feel that history will be the ultimate judge and I believe that history will be much kinder and much more objective about my father’s administration than his detractors and political enemies are," he said.
HISTORY WILL BE KINDER ABOUT MARTIAL LAW
During the interview, Marcos said his family will wait patiently until his father is given the burial he deserves in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
President Aquino earlier turned down the proposal to grant Marcos a burial with full military honors in Ilocos Norte, saying that Marcos' war medals were even put to question.
The senator, however, said his father deserves a hero's burial because he is a bemedalled soldier and the longest-sitting president in the country. Marcos won two terms as president, from 1965 to 1973 but stayed on as president after declaring martial law in 1972.
He was removed from power after the EDSA People Power revolt in 1986.
"Our position hasn’t changed. We feel that for a bemeddalled soldier, on that basis alone, he has a right to be buried in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani. As the longest sitting president, he also has the right to be buried in the Libingan," Marcos said.
Marcos fended off talk that he could run for president in 2016, saying the political terrain continues to change every year.
He also reminded people that he is different from his father.
"Whatever their opinion is of my father, it is a different time and place. It is a different Marcos. It is apples and oranges really. It is two different people. We are talking two diff generations.
It is a whole different set of circumstances," he said.
He also fully backed his father's decision to declare martial law in 1972, saying he has perfect confidence that his father did what needed to be done.
Marcos said there is a changing perception in how the younger generation, who did not grow up during martial law, perceives the Marcos years.
He said many people ask him questions on Facebook on why his father made several decisions in the past. With a report by Lynda Jumilla, ABS-CBN News