Fact check: Was Imee Marcos a minor during martial law?

Fact check: Was Imee Marcos a minor during martial law?

- Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos claimed she was a minor during martial law

- She asked for forgiveness from those who were hurt during that time

- However, Imee was turning 31 years old when the Marcoses were exiled to Hawaii

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In an interview of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos with Mike Enriquez in dzBB last Tuesday, January 22, she claimed that she was still a minor during the time of martial law declared by then President Ferdinand Marcos.

KAMI learned that Imee asked for forgiveness from those who were hurt during martial law. However, she said that an “admission of guilt” was a different matter because she was still a minor during that time and she was not a government official as well.

Enriquez asked Imee to clarify their family’s position regarding martial law.

“The people who say that you should ask for forgiveness for the events that took place when your late father, President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, was president – we probably know [the answer] already – but for the sake of the people listening and watching this morning…please clarify your and your family's position regarding this controversy, ma'am,” Enriquez said.

“Yes, from now on, I am asking for forgiveness from everyone who was hurt by the unexpected events, those who were maltreated, who were hurt in any way, really, everything, we say sorry to them. But what they're saying about admission of guilt, that's difficult, because I was of minor age, I was not a government official, and what I remember is that I would be sent to look at the price of rice, to go to Tatalon and other places like that. But I was not a government official,” Imee answered.

“I just know that my dad was very troubled by the price of rice and every day I would check if one ganta was P8… and that was my only job, because if it went past P8, it would be a big problem for families. That's also what I do as a governor, maintain the low price of rice, because that's really the hardship of every family, and that's what the poor are hoping for,” she added.

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In a report by Rappler, Imee was indeed a minor when President Marcos declared martial law on September 21, 1972.

Imee was born on November 12, 1955, making her 17 years old during that time.

However, martial law lasted for almost 10 years, which ended on January 17, 1981.

She was turning 31 years old when President Marcos was ousted by the People Power Revolution back in 1986 and they were exiled to Hawaii.

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