Responding to calls for her family to apologize, Imee Marcos says ‘dedma’

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 25 2018 11:35 PM | Updated as of Aug 26 2018 01:37 AM

Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos on Saturday ignored calls for her family to apologize over the military rule imposed on the country by her father, the late president Ferdinand Marcos, saying the matter is already a non-issue.

"Ay patay na 'yang storya na 'yan, dedma na. Dedma na 'yang storyang 'yan," Marcos told reporters in Batangas.

This, after Sen. Francis Pangilinan said the Marcos family must first apologize before Filipinos could "move on" from Martial Law.

"How can those who were unjustly detained, tortured, and murdered move on when there is not remorse, not any act of atonement, not acceptance and recognition of wrongdoing on their part?" Pangilinan said in a statement released by the Liberal Party.

"Apologize and express remorse first before we talk about moving on."

Pangilinan issued the statement after Marcos said Filipinos who continue to rail against her family should move on.

"The millennials have moved on to other problems. I certainly hope that politicians, even those who are older or at my age (will) move on to learn the lessons of political unity, reconciliation, and ultimately, forgiveness," Marcos said Tuesday.

Marcos visited Rosario town in Batangas to announce her senatorial bid for the 2019 midterm elections.

--With a report from Mariz Laksamana, ABS-CBN News