HOUSE Minority Leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez yesterday urged critics of the Marcos family to also recognize the good accomplishments of former President Ferdinand Marcos.
In an ambush interview, Suarez made his statement following the possible order by Sandiganbayan Fifth Division to arrest former First Lady-turned Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos.
“Some of these [Marcos] critics [ay] wala ng ginagawa kundi maghanap ng issue against the late President. How about the good things that they have done? Wala namang bumibigay man lang ng credit for what they have done,” Suarez told reporters.
“Remember at the onset of the EDSA revolution, the premise was that anything that is Marcos is bad, which is wrong,” Suarez pointed out.
Mrs. Marcos vowed to challenge the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division ruling finding her guilty of seven counts of graft in connection with the creation of the private organizations in Switzerland while she was the Minister of Human Settlements and interim member of Congress.
Suarez welcomed the statement of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde to consider the age and health of Mrs. Marcos should an order to arrest her be released.
“That might sound very reasonable, considering na 88 years old na ang First Lady, palagay ko kung uungkatin pa natin (lahat ng mga) ‘yan, we are not going to move on,” Suarez explained. “Para magkaron ng closure, ‘wag na nating palakihin pa ang issue. If you have her arrested, lalaki pa ang issue,” said Suarez as he urged the critics to focus on addressing the rising number of unemployed Filipinos.
“Leave it that way. I hope we have a closure on this,” said Suarez. “Let us pay attention to the increasing number of unemployment. This is unusually big, Christmas is coming,” said Suarez.
Mrs. Marcos said former Court of Appeals (CA) Justice Lolong Lazaro has been studying the ruling to prepare their motion for reconsideration.