Bongbong and sins of the father-A A +A
Monday, September 23, 2013
FORTY ONE years after martial law, a forum of the U.P. Diliman College of Social Sciences & Philosophy last Sept. 21 asked if Bongbong Marcos should be punished for what Ferdinand Marcos did during his regime. Should sins of the father visit the son?
Forum speakers must not mean criminal or civil liability. Bongbong was 15 when his father imposed military rule. Even if he was liable, legal action must have prescribed. And if it hadn't, given the dismal record of the state in going after the Marcoses, prosecuting Bongbong would've failed as suing former First Lady Imelda did.
There were two concerns other than the Marcoses' getting away with what the patriarch did: one, the lack of acknowledgment or remorse for the sins; and two, the wealth allegedly stolen from the government, placed at $10 billion in a 2004 Transparency International report.
Should the son acknowledge the father's sins?
Difficult for Bongbong, not only because the son wouldn't speak up publicly against a deceased father, but also because Bongbong doesn't believe Ferdinand wronged his country.
As to the wealth which could help Bongbong become president (the Senate often produces presidents), a forum speaker noted an extreme irony if un-recovered public money would be used to elect another Marcos.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 24, 2013.