Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa: Bongbong Marcos should recognize but not apologize for father's mistakes

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FILE PHOTO: (Left) Senator Ronald
FILE PHOTO: (Left) Senator Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, (Right) Former senator Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Sen. Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said his fellow presidential candidate, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. should acknowledge but not apologize for the mistakes of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. 

Ironically, Dela Rosa, standard bearer of the ruling party Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban), claimed that if he were in Marcos' place, he would apologize.

“If it was me, I’d apologize. But I don’t want to ascribe my own standards to Bongbong Marcos,” the senator pointed out.

“Maybe, he should acknowledge the wrongdoings of his father. But not apologize for the things that his father was able to accomplish,” Dela Rosa told Karen Davila on ANC’s Headstart.

“Let’s be fair, the sin of the father is not the sin of the son. If it happened to me, and my father committed a mistake, I have no problem apologizing for it. It’s easy to do,” he reiterated.

Critics continue to demand accountability from the Marcoses for the crimes of the late dictator, particularly his wanton disregard of human rights and systematic corruption.

If the Marcoses have benefitted from ill-gotten wealth, Dela Rosa believes that it should be returned to the Filipino people. He even went on to ask why, after all this time, the problem remains unresolved.

“Why have we reached this point? That has been an issue since 1986, and yet it hasn’t died down? How big is that ill-gotten wealth? I thought that has been put to rest. It has long been an issue,” Dela Rosa said.

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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