THE SIN OF THE FATHER IS THE SIN OF THE SON
By ROGER M. BALANZA
Presidential aspirant Norberto Gonzales has shot down a mantra — “the sin of the father is not the sin of the son” — of defenders, apologists and propagandists of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. saying the former senator should be made responsible for the horrors inlicted on Filipinos during the two decades of dictatorship of his father, the late president Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
Gonzales is running in the race to Malacanang in the May 9 elections in a crowded field of six that includes Bongbong.
He warned against another Marcos presidency with Bongbong leading pre-election surveys for presidential preference.
The country will celebrate the anniversary on February 25 the EDSA People Power Revolution that ended the Marcos martial law regime.
The Marcos government was linked to at least 3,240 killings, 34,000 tortures, and violation of human rights of about 70,000 detainees.
During the dictator’s regime, Marcos Sr., his family, and his cronies were said to have stolen around P300 billion from the government. He is also said to have bled the national treasury dry by ransacking the Central Bank.
Gonzales. a former Defense secretary, said Bongbong should not be left off the hook and should be made to answer for his role in the fortune stolen from the Filipino people by his father.
“He’s the administrator of the wealth that his family stole during the time of the dictatorship,” Gonzales said in an interview over One News’ on Wednesday.
Gonzales crushed thepropaganda that Bongbong should not be blamed for the “sins of his father,” pointing out his nvolvement in the ill-gotten wealth.
About P174 billion of the ill-gotten wealth accumulated by the Marcoses and their cronies have been retrieved by the Philippine government, with billions of pesos more of the loot still being located.
Gonzales said that Filipinod, especially the youth, should have a “mission not to allow history to be revised.”
“It’s very important that our young people continue to see and recognize our history. We cannot just put that aside,” he said.