Bongbong: I never said Marcos rule was a golden age

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY - Vice-presidential aspirant Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Wednesday said he never claimed that his father's rule was a "golden age" for the Philippines.

This, after hundreds of faculty members of Ateneo de Manila University accused Marcos, son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, of historical revisionism.

"I never made that statement. Can I correct everybody? I never made that statement. And the first time I heard that statement was from the President. So I don't know the premise of their statement...I don't know why they attributed it to me. I have never used the phrase 'golden age' in any way shape or form. Hindi ko sinabi 'yon. So I dont know why sinasabi na ako nagsabi nun. As far as I know, it came from the New York Times, not from me," Marcos said.

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Over 400 faculty members and formators of the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) have taken a stand against the historical revisionism of the martial law era, saying they will continue to share the stories of human rights atrocities committed during that period.

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"We vow as teachers and formators to continue to tell the stories of the brutality and corruption of the Marcos family, regime, and closest allies," their statement read.

"For as long as we remember and share these stories, we believe that future generations of Filipinos will learn the lessons of the years of struggle leading to the overthrow of the dictatorship during those historic days of the People Power Revolution in 1986," they added.

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The faculty members and formators issued the statement after Marcos Jr. said that it would be better if historians will be the ones to tell the people what really happened during the martial law period.

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LIFE UNDER MARCOS

The Marcos family has long been dogged by accusations the dictator oversaw massive human rights abuses and plundered billions of dollars from state coffers until a famous "people power" revolt toppled him from power in 1986.

Human rights groups say tens of thousands endured torture and imprisonment during the elder Marcos's 20-year rule, and the government estimates the family plundered $10 billion from state coffers.

The government estimates Marcos and his family stole $10 billion from the already desperately-poor country during his rule.

But after the Marcos patriarch died in exile in Hawaii in 1989, the family returned to the country in 1991 and began a successful political comeback, culminating in Bongbong Marcos getting elected to the Senate in 2010.

The younger Marcos has been criticized for refusing to apologize for the injustices committed during his father's dictatorship.

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The 58-year-old, an incumbent senator, denies his family stole from government coffers and insists his father's rule was one of peace and progress.

The family's flamboyant matriarch, former first lady Imelda Marcos -- who was famously found to have amassed hundreds of pairs of shoes while her husband was in power -- has made no secret of her desire for her son to become president.

Marcos Jnr is trumpeting his father's infrastructure achievements to a young electorate that has no first-hand experience of the brutality of martial law. With Chai Tabunaway, ABS-CBN NEWS Socsksargen; and Agence France-Presse

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