He was a president first, before he became a dictator.
Senator Manny Pacquiao said that before the people should give emphasis on the exploits of late President Ferdinand Marcos, they should ponder on the question: Which came first? His declaration of martial law, or his service as president?
"In-elect siya ng tao. Doon pa lang, naging presidente siya, so doon pa lang huwag natin kalimutan ang nagawa niya sa ating bayan, sa ating bansa, iyong mga na-accomplish niya during his term. Siguro i-consider natin iyon palagi," he said.
When asked about his opinion on Marcos’abuse of power, including stolen wealth and tortured Filipinos, he said: "Kinokonsidera naman natin iyon pero saan ang mas nauna, pagka-elect niya as president o Martial Law? o diba? Mas nauna pagka-elect niya as president."
Pacquiao: Forgive Marcos, he had accomplishments as president too
Martial Law was declared in 1972 and was lifted in 1981.
"Ang pinakaimportante magkaroon tayo ng forgiveness... Huwag tayong magalit o anuman [sa] nagawa niya. Kailangan may forgiveness tayo. Kung wala tayo pagapatawad sa puso natin, hindi tayo maka-move on," said Pacquiao.
"Kailangan natin ng forgiveness para tayo may kaligtasan so okay lang i-forgive natin iyan. I-count din natin ang nagawa niya. Ang pinakimportante, he was elected as president."
"Ibinoto siya ng tao so ok na siguro, isa na iyon para magbigay qualification para you know," the senator added. MJM
Source: GMA News