Bianca Gonzalez-Intal said on Friday, September 17, that she has always been against historical revisionism in relation to the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
“My stand has always, ever since, been very public: #NeverForget and #NeverAgain,” Bianca wrote on Twitter on Friday, after many people tagged her and asked her to speak out on Toni Gonzaga-Soriano’s controversial YouTube interview with Bongbong Marcos on her Toni Talks YouTube show on Monday, September 13.
The Paano Ba ‘To host said that she had been receiving messages from people asking why she had been silent on the issue on social media.
“As a friend, I choose to reach out privately and dialogue respectfully, instead of ‘call out’ publicly. Because for me, that is what a true friend would do,” she said. Close friends Bianca and Toni were co-hosts during the earlier seasons of Pinoy Big Brother.
“Even family and friends can have different views. My friends know that my stand has always been #MarcosNotAHero, and I will continue to be vocal and share my stand,” Bianca added.
Toni’s interview with Bongbong, titled “The Greatest Lesson BongBong Marcos Learned From His Father,” has drawn criticism, especially from Martial Law victims and their families. The Martial Law years under the rule of Bongbong’s father is considered as the dark chapter in Philippine history, marked by atrocities and abuses.
In an open letter, the Ateneo Martial Law Museum slammed Toni for helping spread propaganda and downplaying the atrocities during the Marcos dictatorship. The group also invited Toni to interview Martial Law victims, and offered to facilitate this if she would agree.
On Thursday, September 16, a quote response by Toni to bashers began circulating on social media, where she said that she had “reached a point in [her] life where [she] realized that other people’s perception of [her] is not [her] responsibility anymore.”
“I have nothing to hide, I have nothing to defend, I have nothing to prove, I have nothing to explain to anybody because I know who I am deep inside,” added Toni. Her critics had reminded Toni of her responsibility to her over 4 million followers on social media, and other Filipinos, to not be a part of efforts to whitewash the Marcos years.
Aside from illegally amassed wealth, human rights abuses were also rampant during the Marcos regime, . (READ: #NeverAgain: Martial Law stories young people need to hear)
About 70,000 people were imprisoned and 34,000 tortured, according to Amnesty International, while 3,240 were killed from 1972 to 1981. During this dark chapter of Philippine history, thousands of people were subject to various forms of torture. – Rappler.com