Duterte: Kung ang ‘yellow’ galit kay Marcos, ang Ilocano galit din sa dilawan
President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that the Marcoses asked and he “readily agreed” to declare the 100th birthday celebration of the late President Ferdinand Marcos as a holiday in his home province, Ilocos Norte.
In an interview with reporters Saturday, Duterte doesn’t see anything wrong in giving Ilocanos a full day to pay their tribute to their greatest son.
“I readily agreed. Bakit, what’s wrong? He was a president. To the Ilocanos, he was the greatest president. Why do we have to debate on that? It’s one day where they can celebrate the anniversary of a great Ilocano. As far as the Ilocanos [are] concerned, Marcos is a hero,” said Duterte.
Duterte, who allowed the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani last year, does not see any point in “dwelling” on the Marcos issue nearly three decades after his death because it would only divide the nation.
“Pagdating ng mga Pampangueño, they want to celebrate also a great son of theirs, then go ahead. O Cebuano, o ‘di sige. Bakit pa natin pag-awayan ‘yan?”
Duterte believed that only a small minority, particularly those belonging to the “yellow” or “dilawan” sector have not moved on from their enmity versus Marcos. Duterte claimed that the animosity was mutual as Ilocanos were also furious at the yellow bloc.
“’Yung north na puro Ilocano, galit ‘yan. Akala mo ‘yung mga yellow-yellow nila, walang nagagalit sa kanila. Galit ‘yan sa yellow. But itong mga Ilocano kasi, eh peace loving eh,” said Duterte.
“Itong mga yellow na hanggang ngayon puro ignorante pa…Sa kanila, tingin nila, si Marcos, masamang tao. But that is not shared. That sentiment or that view is not shared by all. To the Ilocanos, that’s a lot of hogwash. Basura ‘yan,” he added.
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