Only the victims of the strong man of President Ferdinand Marcos have the right to say that "it is time to move on," Sen said. Aquilino Pimentel III on Saturday.
Pimentel responded to the earlier post of Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos on social media and urged people to go beyond what she & # 39; Aquino-Marcos-feud & # 39; mentioned, referring to the families of former President Corazon Aquino and dictator Marcos.
"The millennials have gone further and I think people of my age should also go further," wrote the Governor of Ilocos on social media on August 21, the 35th anniversary of the murder of former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., one of the most avid critics of her father.
But in a radio interview, Pimentel said: "It must not be the perpetrator of injustice or deprivation [who] should say that people have to go further because the deception has already happened and people have been used, so just continue. "
& # 39; Correct order & # 39;
Pimentels father, former senate president Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr., belonged to the thousands of Marcos critics who were imprisoned during martial law.
The Marcos "have to wait" until people say they have forgiven the Marcoses for the abuse of his dictatorship, said the senator. "The people themselves should do that, that's the right order," he added.
Asked whether the Marcoses should apologize, Pimentel said that the family would have to wait for the reaction of the people to the statement of Imee Marcos.
The governor's remarks immediately provoked outrage among netizens and youth groups, where one of them said: "There is no movement until the court is served, and there is no question of never forgetting martial law."
Most responses were based on one theme: "Apologies, return what you have stolen, and maybe we can move on!"
On a forum in Quezon City on Friday, former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. asked about his sister's statement, but he initially refused to answer the question categorically, and said the problem was now more than 30 years old.
Marcos Jr. said he understood where his sister came from when she made the post.
She may be frustrated & # 39; frustrated & # 39; after having asked the question again and again. "It was decided, the government fell, the cases against us were filed, the cases came [up] with a decision that is convincing, "said Marcos.
"What else do we do [as a nation] must do? The PCGG (Presidential Commission on Good Government) has already been abolished, "he added.
But checking the status of the PCGG showed that the agency that was set up 35 years ago to reclaim the illicit wealth of Marcoses is still an active government body, although there is a proposal in the Lower House to finish it. purchase.
In May, House Bill No. 7376 the third and final reading in the House. Once abolished, the functions of the PCGG would be transferred to the Office of Solicitor General, currently led by Jose Calida, a well-known Marcos supporter.
The Senate said, however, that it would not follow the direction of the House.
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