Malacanang doubts that former senators Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., and Juan Ponce Enrile can ‘twist’ the history of the 1970’s Martial Law.
During a press briefing in Malacanang on Monday, September 24, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that there have been court decisions affirming that human rights’ violations were committed during the nine-year Martial Law declared by the late President Ferdinand Marcos.
Roque also pointed out that Congress passed Republic Act No. 10368, also known as the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, which was legislated when Enrile was still Senate President.
“As far as the Palace is concerned, there are decisions affirming grave human rights violations committed during the Marcos regime. There is even a law in Congress which provides for compensation on victims of Martial Law,” Roque told reporters.
“I don’t think they can twist history, when there is a law and court decisions attesting to what happened during Martial Law,” Roque added.
The spokesperson further stressed that Enrile is entitled to his own belief but Malacanang stands by court decisions and the law, which states that victims of human rights violations during the 1970’s Martial Law period should be paid reparation.
“The position of the Malacanang is we are implementing the law and the law states that there should be reparations for victims of Martial Law,” Roque said.
In a video posted on Friday, September 21, while being interviewed by the younger Marcos, Enrile denied reports that thousands were arrested and executed during the Martial Law period.
“They claimed that we killed a lot of people. When I was interviewed by someone, some time ago, I challenged her name one that we executed other than Lim Seng,” Enrile said in the video.
“We had 70,000 arrested, which was not true. Maybe if they will include the people who violated curfew and jay-walkers maybe you can reach that number,” Enrile added.
The statements of Enrile, one of the prominent leaders during the 1986 People Power Revolution that removed Marcos from power, got criticized by various personalities and groups including the family of late senator Jose Diokno, who was detained for two years during the Martial Law period.