Imee Marcos draws ire for 'move on' remark

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 22) — Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, daughter of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, has drawn ire for her remark asking critics to move on.

Governor Marcos on Tuesday hit people who continuously criticize her father and family, claiming that younger Filipinos have moved past the issues thrown at the Marcoses.

The statement came as the country celebrated the 35th death anniversary of late Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., a staunch critic of the older Marcos.

"The millennials have moved on, and I think people at my age should also move on as well," media reports quoted Marcos as telling journalists in Cebu. She was there for an event organized by the league of Visayas mayors.

Marcos' remark did not sit well with the Liberal Party (LP) and some netizens.

In a statement, the LP said the Marcoses should "apologize and express remorse first before we talk about moving on."

"The Marcos family should return what they plundered to the country. The Marcos family should stop using this same unexplained wealth to lie and rewrite history. When these happen, then we can all talk about and consider moving on," LP President and Senator Francis Pangilinan said.

The family, it added, should "express deep remorse" for the "abuses and atrocities committed to tens of thousands of Filipinos under martial law" the same way Japan did in 2016 for the abuses committed by its army in the Philippines during World War 2.

The party also insisted that it was never an issue about the Marcos and Aquino families.

"More than anything, it was an issue between the Marcoses and the entire nation that suffered immensely from the abuses, the greed, and the oppressive and tyrannical rule of Marcos the dictator," it said.

LP Senator Bam Aquino, who hails from the Aquino family, also slammed Marcos' remark, saying moving on is easier said than done, especially for those who died during the older Marcos' era.

"Klaro naman sa kasaysayan kung sino ang nagnakaw, nag-torture at pumatay. Napakadaling sabihing mag move on na lang, pero sa mga nasawi, napakahirap nito," Aquino said in a statement.

The Senator said it's hard to get over something without a closure, especially if the public is forced to believe that the culprit is innocent.

"Sinaktan ka na't ninakawan, sasabihan ka pang mag-move on. Hindi ba sa mga nawasak na relasyon, ang kadalasang nagsasabing mag move on ay ang nanakit, pero ang nasaktan ay naghahanap pa ng closure?" he added.

Online, netizens also denounced Marcos' claim, maintaining that they have not moved on yet from the attrocities during the martial law.

"Imee Marcos" was among the top trending topics in the country on Twitter.

 

Reacting to Marcos' statement, Malacanang said the government will continue to "find ways and means to effect closure for all [the] victims of abuses that occurred during that period of martial law."

"Efforts to recover any ill-gotten wealth continue through the (Presidential Commission on Good Government). Likewise, human rights victims were given compensation through the Human Rights Victims' Claim Board," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.