Daughter of former dictator urges forgiveness
THE daughter of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos called for forgiveness yesterday as she led a rally at the Supreme Court urging it to approve a controversial hero’s burial for her father.
About 1000 supporters gathered with Imee Marcos at the court, which may announce today whether it approves President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to allow the burial at Manila’s National Heroes’ Cemetery 27 years after the strongman died.
Ms Marcos, governor of the family’s northern stronghold of Ilocos Norte, cited Pope Francis as she called for human rights victims and other critics of her father to abandon their campaign against the burial plan.
“To those who are criticising and who are not allied with us, I hope you set aside your grievances. All of us have anger and bitterness in our hearts but we should set that aside because, as the pope said, ‘When we forgive, you will be free and happy’,” Ms Marcos said.
However she maintained her family’s position that her father, accused of plundering billions of dollars and overseeing widespread human rights abuses during his 21-year rule, was a positive force for the country.
“If in our view my father was great, others have many criticisms, but let us no longer debate,” she said.
Marcos and his family fled to exile in the US in 1986 after a militarybacked “People Power” revolution.
Marcos died in Hawaii three years later. His embalmed body was brought back to the Philippines in 1993 and placed in a glass-topped casket at his home. –