People Power veterans to Bongbong: Wala ka bang puso?

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People Power veterans to Bongbong: Wala ka bang puso?
'You're aspiring to be the vice president of the country. Address the darkest part of our history.'

MANILA, Philippines – The group that spearheaded protest actions against the Marcos dictatorship after Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr’s assassination challenged vice presidential bet Bongbong Marcos to recognize the facts about martial law.

“You’re aspiring to be the vice president of the country. Address the darkest part of our history,” said lawyer Ramon Pedrosa of the August Twenty-One Movement (ATOM) in a phone interview with Rappler.

“Admit to the historical facts,” Pedrosa stressed.

During martial law, about 70,000 people were detained, at least 34,000 were tortured, and 3,240 were killed, according to Amnesty International (AI). (READ: Worse than death: Torture methods during martial law)

In a statement, ATOM stressed that the atrocities committed under Marcos’ rule were “firmly lodged in the collective consciousness of those who suffered untold cruelties from the dictator’s minions in the military and the police.”

“He cannot take refuge under a feigned forgetfulness that trivializes the pathos of an entire nation,” ATOM added.

When Bongbong was 26 and was living in Hawaii after his father was ousted in February 1986, a first-hand account showed that he was privy to the Marcos deposits in the Swiss banks, believed to be ill-gotten. (READ: What Bongbong Marcos knew of Swiss deposits)

Pedrosa pointed out Senator Marcos’ “seeming insensitivity to what his father did,” making him “as guilty as the father.”

Binabale-wala niya iyong history, kaya nagagalit kami. Wala ba siyang puso? Hindi ako makapaniwala,” Pedrosa said on the eve of the 30th anniversary of People Power 1, the uprising that deposed the dictator in February 1986.

(He is ignoring history, that’s why we’re enraged. Is he heartless? I can’t believe it.)

Bongbong earlier said that he “cannot comment on whether it still needs to be celebrated because I was on the other side of the barricade during EDSA. What I can say is that many projects set to be completed in 1986 were disrupted.” – Rappler.com

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