MANILA -- Senator-elect Imee Marcos said it was her family's "responsibility" to tell their side of history, after her election win thrust them back to national politics.
During his 20-year rule, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos and his associates were accused of stealing $10 billion from state coffers and a raft of human rights abuses including torture and forced disappearances.
"We don't want to change what's been said. I have no ax to grind naman. Ok lang, sige lang, just tell your side," the senator-elect told ANC's Headstart when asked about criticism that the family was revising history.
"Kasalanan din namin (It's our fault, too). We've also been remiss and perhaps we just lack the opportunity. We had no access to media and with online and all the other digital platforms, we finally have a chance to say," she said.
"So kailangan, it's also our responsibility to say what we saw, to say how we participated and that which we were aware what we knew," she said.
Marcos is outgoing governor of her father's home province, Ilocos Norte. Her brother, former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr, was the last family member to hold a national post. He is protesting his 2016 loss to Vice President Leni Robredo.
The Marcos family was forced into exile by a US-backed popular revolt in 1986 that installed as president, Corazon Aquino, the widow of slain opposition leader Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr.
The Aquino couple's only son, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, served as president from 2010 to 2016. His cousin, Sen. Bam Aquino, lost in his reelection bid in the May 13 midterms.
"I thought he would win. I really thought he had a very strong showing and he was going up, maganda yung tangent," Marcos said, referring to Bam Aquino.
Marcos placed 8th in the senatorial race with 15,882,628 votes. Aquino, who ran under opposition slate Otso Diretso, was at 14th place, with 14,144,923 votes according to the final, official tally of the Commission on Elections.