President Rodrigo Duterte said he won’t take his word back on allowing the late dictator Ferdinand…
Dictator Ferdinand Marcos had just been buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Nov. 18. As massive protests raged on the streets, President Rodrigo Duterte sought to unify the Filipinos with his wise words.
Upon arriving in Lima, Peru for the 24th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders’ Meeting, he said in an interview:
"I would like to pray that everybody will find a space in his heart for forgiveness, and for those who have been somehow hurt or injured that they can take some other option to file a case."
(Source: Press Release, "DUTERTE HOPES FOR FORGIVENESS FOR MARCOS, ASKS PEOPLE WHO’VE BEEN HURT TO FILE CASE." Media Accreditation and Relations Division. Nov. 19, 2016)
Days before that, however, just as he left for another trip to Malaysia on Nov. 9, he said the sins of Marcos have yet to proven.
“The question…about the dictatorship of Marcos is something that cannot be determined at this time. It has to have history….That part of the sins of Marcos have yet to be proven by a competent court,” Duterte said.
(Source: ABS-CBN Online,Duterte won’t change mind about Marcos burial at Libingan. Watch 2nd video)
VERA Files in its fact-check showed human rights violations committed during the Marcos regime have been explicitly discussed in several rulings of the high court and also institutionalized by law.
Duterte had also repeatedly said allowing the burial was based on law, echoing the Supreme Court ruling that cleared the legal obstacles to the burial.