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Bongbong Marcos is right: Why should he say ‘Sorry?’

02:10 AM September 01, 2015
Senator Ferdinand “Bong-Bong” Marcos Jr. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Senator Ferdinand “Bong-Bong” Marcos Jr. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Bongbong Marcos is right. Why should he say “Sorry” for the dictator’s crimes?

“What am I to say sorry about?” he said in a television interview.

Well, he said it differently in the interview and there were parts he said only in his head and were not revealed in the broadcast …

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Here’s the rest of what he said:

“Will I say sorry for the thousands and thousands of kilometers [of roads] that were built (… and the kickbacks our family and allies received)?

“Will I say sorry for the agricultural policy that brought us to self-sufficiency in rice (… who cares about those poor slobs who starved)?

“Will I say sorry for the power generation (… and even more kickbacks especially from that stupid Bataan Nuclear Plant! Woot! Woot!)?

“Will I say sorry for the highest literacy rate in Asia (… that created so many clueless Filipinos who let us get away with grand plunder for 14 years. LOL! )?

Yes, Bongbong, son of Ferdinand Sr. and Imelda, is right. The son of the late dictator has nothing to apologize for, for three very simple reasons.

  1. It wasn’t his fault.

We cannot blame the crimes of parents on their children. I’m a firm believer in that.

Remember Bongbong was only 15 years old when Dad and Mom decided, “I think we should stay in power longer. Like, indefinitely.”

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Fifteen. A teenager. Should you be blamed for what you parents did when you were just a teenager? Of course, not.

Sure, Bongbong had a comfy life in Malacanang. He didn’t know about the massive crackdown after martial law was declared; about the thousands thrown in prison; the detainees who were raped, beaten, abused, tortured in the most brutal ways by Dad’s security forces.

He didn’t know about the looting of the country’s treasury by his family, and how Dad and Mom and his titos and titas got busy dividing the spoils of dictatorial rule.

“O, akin na Meralco ha.”

‘O, sige, pero akin yong mga TV stations ha.

  1. Like many of us, Bongbong was fed the dictator’s lies

Many of us grew up listening to and believing the lies. Heck, I thought all that stuff about “disiplina ang kailangan” was for real, and the dictator and his allies were truly disciplined about building a New Society.

Wrong. Hindi pala. Instead, we what we went through was disciplined plunder. Disiplinadong pagnananakaw.

Those of us who grew up during martial law, the martial law babies, were subjected to the lies mainly in school and on TV and in the newspapers.

Imagine being subjected to that propaganda barrage at home, from morning till night, by the couple and their allies who were spinning all the lies.

Bongbong had to go through all of that. Poor guy. Clearly, he hasn’t recovered.

  1. Bongbong was too busy partying while the dictator was destroying the country

It’s tough to know what’s going on when there’s so much partying going on. And as we now know from the home movies retrieved from Malacanang after the Marcoses were chased out of the country, the dictator and his family loved to party!

So how in the world would Bongbong know about the repression and the plunder that was taking place around the country. How was he supposed to understand this dark era of pain and brutality when all he saw were bright party lights and happy times.

Sure Bongbong was already 29 when Filipinos finally kicked the Marcoses out — but as one home movie showed, as the country was falling apart in 1986, Bongbong was just too busy having fun!

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