MANILA - Ilocos Norte Governor and former dictator Ferdinand Marcos' daughter Imee Marcos on Tuesday apologized for those who were hurt during her father's regime, but refused to acknowledge that their family was responsible for the atrocities.
"Makailang beses na akong nag-apologize sa kung sino mang nasaktan sa mga 'di inaasahang nangyari," Marcos told reporters.
"Kung ang idine-demand ay admission, hindi naman puwede 'yun. Bakit kami maga-admit sa hindi namin ginawa?" she said.
Marcos, who is seeking a Senate seat, filed her certificate of candidacy next to Chel Diokno, the son of martial law victim Jose "Pepe" Diokno.
She said she does not know Diokno.
"Pasensiya na, matagal na akong napako sa probinsya. Hindi ko kilala," she said.
Some supporters of Diokno, the founding dean of the De La Salle University College of Law, chanted "Marcos, Hitler, Diktador, Tuta" as Marcos entered the Commission on Elections office to register her candidacy.
WORKING WITH AN AQUINO
The Ilocos Norte governor said she has no qualms about the possibility of working alongside an Aquino in the Senate as Senator Bam Aquino, the nephew of slain Marcos critic Benigno Aquino Jr., is also vying for reelection.
"Ang tagal kong kasama si Noynoy from 1998 to 2007 sa Kongreso, magkabatch kami, magkasama pa sa oposisyon. Wala namang problema, magalang ang pakikitungo," she said referring to former President Benigno Aquino III who also served as Tarlac representative.
The country, especially the new generation, is ready to hear the Marcos family's side of the story, Marcos said.
"Mayroon na ring pagbabago ng pag-unawa ng nakalipas," she said.