By: Elena Grace Flores
Outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay is a human rights lawyer who fought for the rights of the people abused during the Martial law years. After 27 years, Congress passed a Marcos compensation law, a legislation that orders the former strongman and his family liable for human rights abuses under Martial law by providing P10 billion remuneration payout for the alleged victims’ executions, enforced disappearances and torture whether Marcos is guilty or not – since he was the president when these atrocities happened.
Manila Times wrote: “The best assumption is the goodness of the man,” Binay said in defense of senator Marcos. The Marcoses are back in power. Former First Lady Imelda Marcos is a member of the House of Representatives, representing Ilocos Norte. Her daughter Imee is the governor of Ilocos Norte. Binay said he wants a presidency that is unifying and healing, citing that it has been done in the past as evidenced by the good diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Japan. “That chapter is over. We have to move on,” the vice president said. Binay, however, admitted that there are ghosts that haunt people forever despite not knowing the truth about the real root of their sufferings.
Binay understands that martial law victims cannot easily erase doubts – but it’s all over. Binay got his wishes of having a unifying president in Duterte – and better yet, a stronger and tougher ally of Bongbong Marcos that could deliberately lead the people into knowing the truth about the best president Philippines ever had!