MANILA - Victims of human rights abuses during the Marcos regime lashed back at Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos after she dismissed their grievances as mere "political accusations."
Martial Law survivor Danny Dela Fuente of the group SELDA or Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto said this was another attempt of the Marcos family to whitewash history.
Dela Fuente reminded Marcos about a 1992 US federal court ruling that her father, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. committed human rights violations against over 9,000 Filipinos.
"We are once again privy to the unbridled arrogance of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who has seemingly risen this time via his eldest daughter Imee Marcos," he said.
"Nothing will erase the fact that the Marcoses are thieves and torturers who have not yet accounted for their sins to their victims and the whole nation," he added.
Aspiring senator Neri Colmenares, another torture victim during the Martial Law era, had challenged Marcos to a debate at the Plaza Miranda.
Colmenares, who was surprised at Marcos' statement, said even the Philippine Supreme Court in its rulings have called her father a dictator and plunderer.
“Parang ni-reduce ang lahat ng human rights violation victims na mga sinungaling. Ibig sabihin yung EDSA wala 'yun, political accusation lang 'yun," he said.
The public, especially martial law victims and their families, have long been calling for an apology from the family for the atrocities done during the Marcos regime.
But the Marcoses have ignored these calls, saying the matter was already a non-issue. She instead told her critics to "move on" even while some of the martial law victims have yet to get justice.
Gunning for Senate, Marcos filed her candidacy last Tuesday. She was next to lawyer Chel Diokno, son of human rights stalwart and Martial Law victim Jose "Pepe" Diokno.
Despite this, Marcos still refused to acknowledge that their family was responsible for the atrocities during her father's two-decade rule.
"Kung ang idine-demand ay admission, hindi naman puwede 'yun. Bakit kami maga-admit sa hindi namin ginawa?" she said.