MANILA - Sen. Imee Marcos on Tuesday echoed her father, late dictator and former President Ferdinand Marcos, that history should not be left to the historians as the Philippines marked the 34th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.
On her official Facebook page, the Ilocos Norte lawmaker posted a photo quoting her father that read, "History should not be left to the historians. Rather, be like Churchill. Make history and then write it."
Ferdinand Marcos was referring to British statesman Winston Churchill, who according to the United Kingdom public sector information website, led Britain to victory in the Second World War.
Imee Marcos made the post as the country commemorated the 1986 people power revolt that restored democracy in the country.
The non-violent revolution ended the repressive 20-year regime of her father Ferdinand, and catapulted Corazon Aquino, widow of assassinated opposition leader Benigno Aquino, to power.
Reports from global human rights watchdog Amnesty International said around 100,000 people were victims of martial law imposed by Ferdinand Marcos, with 3,000 killed, 34,000 tortured and 70,000 arrested.
The Marcoses also amassed an estimated $5 to $10 billion or more than P500 billion in ill-gotten wealth, based on a study of the World Bank-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) Stolen Asset Recovery report.
The Philippine Commission on Good Government (PCGG), the agency tasked with recovering billions of dollars plundered by Ferdinand Marcos and his allies, has recovered a total of P170 billion in the past 30 years.
However, the legal battle to recover the other alleged ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family and their cronies is far from over.
Recently, the Sandiganbayan has dismissed the P102-billion forfeiture complaint against late Ferdinand Marcos, his widow Imelda, and their cronies over insufficient evidence.