Daugh­ter of for­mer dic­ta­tor urges for­give­ness

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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