Senatoriable Juan Ponce-Enrile made a clarification on his previous claim during his tete-a-tete with former Senator Bongbong Marcos last September, coinciding with the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law.
“During the first two to three years of Martial Law, you can open your window and leave your house. Nobody will touch it, that’s how peaceful the country was,” Enrile stated during his talk with Bongbong Marcos.
He justified the current misconception of the so-called ‘millennials’ to the term Martial Law wherein it was tagged as a bloody and darkest era in Philippine history. Enrile then mentioned about the curfew and the number of people that have been arrested for violating the law. He slammed the claims that thousands of people have been arrested and killed during the implementation of the nationwide martial law.
However, during his interview with One News PH, Enrile took back his statement regarding the human rights violation during the Martial Law era saying that he was not aware of the more than thousands of victims who had claimed their reparations from the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB).
“I’m not aware of that number. I must confess that the depth of my learning has not gone that far, but if there were that much which I do not know and subject to evidence. I’m sorry if I hurt anyone of them,” he said.
Enrile then admitted that abuses during that time are blatant not just to those who were trying to oust Marcos from his post, but also to those who are against the administration. He also denied the claims that he dispelled the issues of political arrest during the Martial Law era.
“I do not remember. Did I say that? Where? No, I didn’t say that. If I said that maybe I’m in my un-lucid interval,” Enrile said.
The former Defense Minister also defended the claims that the “Jabidah Massacre” was a ploy made by the Marcos regime since no one from Corregidor had complained about the alleged ‘massacre’ in the area. The Jabidah Massacre was the slaughter of at least 28 Moro men recruited for an operation to invade Sabah in March 1968.
On October 16, Enrile himself announced that he will be running for his fifth term in the Senate and vows to share to the people ‘how to solve the country’s problems.’