- Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos urged the Filipino people to forgive her father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, for his alleged sins against the country
- Imee said that her father was just a human who committed mistakes
- She said that Marcos’ critics might finally find peace if they forgive her father
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos on Sunday asked the Filipino people to finally forgive her father, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, for all of his alleged sins against the country during his 20-year presidential term.
Imee pointed out that his father was just a human being who committed mistakes like everyone else.
“Whatever sins my father committed—he was, after all, human who made mistakes—I hope people absolve him,” the governor said during the celebration of her father’s 99th birthday.
According to Imee, forgiving her father might help the Filipino people move on and achieve peace.
“I hope that beyond all these issues, they would find mercy because in forgiving my father, their anger would be sated and they too would find peace,” she said.
The governor added that her family was hurt by the outrage and opposition towards the plan to bury Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery) in Taguig City.
President Rodrigo Duterte – a friend of the Marcos family – has approved the burial of the late dictator at the Heroes’ Cemetery. However, the Supreme Court stopped the plan after several petitions were filed against it.
Imee Marcos also expressed her gratitude for the Filipinos who supported her family despite the issues and controversies regarding her father.
“If not for you, the family would have broken down. We draw our strength, our stability and our love from you all,” the governor stated.
The late Ferdinand Marcos is accused of committing corruption and human rights violations during his presidential term.