The son and namesake of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who was toppled in a 1986 revolt, introduced Tuesday that he would search the presidency in subsequent yr’s elections in what activists say is an try to whitewash a darkish interval within the nation’s historical past marked by plunder and human rights atrocities.
Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. stated in a short Fb video that he would unite Filipinos to have the ability to overcome the coronavirus pandemic that has destroyed lives, battered the economic system and introduced widespread distress. Points surrounding the Marcoses, nonetheless, proceed to stoke political divisions greater than three many years after the dictator’s downfall.
“We should face the problem as one — as one nation, as one individuals,” Marcos Jr. stated. “I’ll deliver that type of unifying management again to our nation.”
Loretta Ann Rosales, a former chairwoman of the Fee on Human Rights and a political detainee who was tortured and molested through the Marcos period, stated his presidential bid “seeks to institutionalize the darkish, corrupt and tyrannical legacy of his father and sabotage our efforts to precise full accountability from his household.”
“We should not permit him to make use of his household’s ill-gotten wealth to fund his presidential ambition, whitewash their crimes towards the individuals and full their quest for historic distortions,” Rosales stated.
Marcos was ousted in a 1986 army-backed “individuals energy” rebellion and died in exile in Hawaii three years later with out admitting any wrongdoing, together with accusations that he and his household amassed an estimated $5 billion to $10 billion whereas he was in energy.
Marcos positioned the Philippines below martial rule in 1972, a yr earlier than his time period was to run out. He padlocked Congress, ordered the arrest of political rivals and left-wing activists and dominated by decree.
A Hawaii courtroom discovered Marcos answerable for human rights violations and awarded $2 billion from his property to compensate greater than 9,000 Filipinos who filed a lawsuit towards him for torture, incarceration, extrajudicial killings and disappearances.
Marcos Jr., 64, is the most recent to precise his intention to succeed President Rodrigo Duterte an ally of the Marcoses who has been within the crosshairs of human rights teams himself. Marcos Jr. is considered one of a minimum of eight politicians and celebrities who stated they’re going to run for president or decrease posts, together with Vice President Leni Robredo who leads the opposition.
Marcos Jr. narrowly misplaced to Robredo within the 2016 vice presidential race after which unsuccessfully contested alleged elections irregularities.