I cannot help but make my own assessment about the Aquino-Marcos estrangement, this after Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. reportedly issued a statement, saying, it is high time to put an end to the decades-old feud between the Aquino and Marcos families.
President Benigno Aquino, on the other hand, through his Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., contradicted the Marcos statement, explaining, that the disaffection between them is not about family issues, but rather a result of an injustice by the despot Marcos against the Filipino people during the latter’s Martial Law regime.
Obviously, these are perceptions according to what suits best their sentiment without really admitting candidly what happened in the past that created a schism between them to this day.
With your indulgence, I am reprinting below the Marcos statement, as published, if only to show how scheming, but tactical, the person is in his reasoning.
“That’s something that would be good for the country. Kasi alam naman natin itong away na ito na hanggang ngayon ay tuluy-tuloy pa. Ito’y sagabal sa pagkakaisa dito sa bansa. Kailangan we have to get past it…put it behind us. Ang daming kailangang gawin,” he said.
(That’s something that would be good for the country. We all know that this feud continues up to now. This prevents us from uniting the country. We have to get past it…put it behind us. There are so many things we need to do.)
“I mean siguro sa pamilya Marcos, wala na ‘yung political fight na yan. Hindi naman ito personal. ‘Yung talagang naglalaban was my father and Ninoy Aquino, ‘60s, ‘70s pa ‘yun so dapat lampasan na natin ‘yun at hindi na ‘yan ang issue ngayon. Wala tayong makukuha sa tuluy-tuloy na pagsusumbatan na Aquino-Marcos for no good reason. We’ll get nothing out of that,” Marcos said.
(I mean, for the Marcos family, this political feud is already over. It’s not personal. It was only my father and Ninoy Aquino who fought in the ‘60s and ‘70s so we should get past it already and stop making an issue out of it. We won’t gain anything from continuing to revive the Aquino-Marcos feud for no reason. We’ll get nothing out of that.)
Marcos seems to be putting everything here in the context of politics and nothing whatsoever about the events and succeeding grim consequences of the dark days of the Martial Law.
What is even worse is that, while Marcos wants the country to move on, there is not even a slight trace of remorse from him, nor from any of his family, who are mainly back in the country’s political mainstream, about his father’s atrocious regime.
While the Aquinos may no longer find justice for their martyred father, Ninoy, President Aquino, however, has not lost sight in his quest for justice for the human rights victims during the Martial Law years and even going to the extent of trying to recover the Marcoses alleged ill-gotten wealth. It is the least that he can do now until his term ends in 2016.
Hopefully the Filipino people will come to realize who the Marcoses are really and why they are back in politics, with Imelda, a congresswoman from Ilocos Norte, not mincing words that she wants her son, Sen. Marcos, to run for president.
But for the Marcoses not to show any remorse and who continue believing that the despot Marcos patriarch did not do any wrong is a wedge that will forever alienate the Aquinos.
It should also be a wedge making the Filipino people beware of the emerging power-hungry new Marcos generation, thus, repudiating them in any political exercise in this country.
Their stay in politics is mainly to serve themselves and their individual interests, all at the expense of the Filipino people.