By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Despite being escorted by dozens of supporters, Partido Nacionalista (NP) senatorial bet and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos drew jeers from the crowd in front of the Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila.
Governor Marcos’ loyal supporters who dominated the vast portions of the General Luna Street rejoiced upon her arrival at the walled city complex around 10:15 a.m. The crowd went crazy, chanting her name and waving her placards in front of the former governor-general’s residence.
Marcos was accompanied by her three sons, his brother former Sen. Bongbong Marcos and her mother, former First Lady and incumbent Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos.
While standing in front of Palacio’s main door, another group of people suddenly chanted several anti-Marcos and anti-Martial Law rhetoric such as “Marcos-Hitler, Diktador, Tuta!” and “Huwag iboto! Never again to Martial Law!”
The said anti-Marcos chants apparently came from the camp of Liberal Party (LP) senatorial bet Chel Diokno.
Diokno, the founding dean of the De La University University College of Law, is the son of prominent human rights lawyer, the late Sen. Jose “Pepe” Diokno who was arrested and jailed following the declaration of Martial Law in September 1972.
Diokno’s supporters continued with their anti-Marcos chants until the Ilocos Norte Governor and her companions were able to enter the Palacio del Gobernador, where the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is holding office.
Marcos and Diokno also shared the same stage when they filed their respective certificate of candidacies (COC) at the third floor of the building, with the former occupying booth no. 1 while the latter went to the next booth.
While waiting for their documents to be processed, Diokno raised his right fist when asked by several photographers to smile in front of their cameras. Apparently, Diokno didn’t noticed that the person sitting behind the back of his chair was the no less than the only son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Bong-Bong.
The former senator was cool and didn’t react on the antics showed by Diokno.
When asked by journalists about her reaction on the De La Salle dean’s candidacy, Governor Marcos claimed that she didn’t know him.
In her short statement, Marcos said her family have already apologized to those “who were hurt due to unforeseen events” during her father regime but stressed that they never admit any crimes or wrongdoings during the Martial era
“Why would we admit something we never did,” said Marcos.
For his part, Diokno stressed that Filipinos are not blind about abuses committed by the Marcos regime.
“It is fully documented not only by our agencies but even in other countries,” said Diokno.
— JC Cahinhinan (@john_carlo20) October 16, 2018