3,257 is the number of people alleged to have been killed by the military during President Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship, specifically over the ten-year period from 1975 to 1985 (Manila Times). As of May 2015, a total of 75,730 persons have filed in the Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRVCB) their claims as human rights violations victims (HRVVs) of martial rule (1972-1986), or as next of kin of victims who have suffered, died or disappeared during those dark years under dictator Ferdinand Marcos (Inquirer.net). That’s only the ones who actually filed their cases, but thousands more have to be considered. Statistical Summary of Human Rights Abuses and Public Order Violation Arrests in the Philippines from September 1972 to February 1986 count the official number as 92,607 (University of Hawaii). The Marcos family was accused of stealing roughly $10 billion in government treasure to enrich itself (New York Times). All of these atrocities happened over a period of 21 years.
And now, Ilocos Gov. Imee Marcos is telling the country to “move on.” At a press conference in Cebu, she said, “The millennials have moved on, and I think people at my age should also move on as well.”
Her statement is going viral, and hashtags #NeverForget and #NeverAgain are trending.
Here’s what people over at Twitter and the opposition (Rappler) has to say:
Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV:
“Mahirap maka-get over ‘pag walang closure, lalo na ‘pag pinamumukha sa publiko na walang kasalanan ang salarin. 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.“
Senator Francis Pangilinan:
“How can those who were unjustly detained, tortured, and murdered move on when there is not remorse, not any act of atonement, not acceptance and recognition of wrongdoing on their part? How can the Filipino people move on when the Marcos family continue to deny the billions of dollars in unexplained wealth that ran our economy to the ground and earned the late dictator the title world’s greatest thief?”
Akbayan Youth chairperson JC Tejano:
“Hindi kami magmu-move on hangga’t hindi kayo nananagot. Hindi makakalimot ang taumbayan. Kaming millennials ay biktima rin ng martial law. Hanggang ngayon, pasan namin ang utang ng pamilya ninyo, na siyang ginamit ninyo para sa inyong mga kampanya at luho. Lalabanan namin ang lahat ng pagtatangka ng mga Marcos na makabalik sa Malacañang!“
Your brother should move on
— 🇨🇦 Annalice Hall 🇵🇭 (@annalicehall) August 22, 2018
The Marcoses are devoid of decency, not even a hint of remorse.
— Jude Patterseem (@JudePatterseem) August 22, 2018
Millennials can’t move on, too
— Lezzierateur (@moliruien) August 22, 2018
I am a millennial and I have not moved on until you return what you stole and justice is rightfully served.. #MartialLaw
— Fran Rosero (@francefried) August 22, 2018
We will wait for justice
Filipinos will only move on when the Marcos family: returns the wealth they stole; publicly apologizes for the human rights violations perpetrated during the #MartialLaw era; and publicly show remorse for their sins. Til then we will #NeverForget! https://t.co/YL86ZB665z
— Jake (@toots069) August 22, 2018
On behalf of thousands of victims of political assassinations and incarceration, go fuck yourself, Imee.
“Ferdinand Marcos’s Daughter Tells Filipinos to ‘Move On’ Beyond Father’s Misdeeds.”#neveragain #marcos #Philippines #nomoremarcoshttps://t.co/MSbuybUXPv
— Jeff Li (@jeffliwag) August 23, 2018
No to revisionism
— leugenn alipio (@leugenn) August 22, 2018
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