“Don’t be afraid of me,” she told the people.
Being the daughter of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Imee Marcos has received an obscene amount of hate over the years. Being dragged in the controversial slaying of Archimedes Trajano back in the ‘70s and presenting fake University of the Philippines (UP) and Princeton University degrees made matters worse for Imee.
But despite the collective loathing of the Filipino people against the Marcoses, Imee successfully nabbed a seat in the 2019 senatorial elections. She placed 8th in the race, with a total of 15,882,628 votes. So does this mean the Filipinos are finally willing to forget the atrocities that transpired during the Martial Law?
In the online world, it seems like majority of the Filipinos are not ready to forget. Many netizens expressed their dismay over the former Ilocos Norte governor’s win. The hate thrown at the 63-year old also escalated with people calling the newly-elected senator a “murderer” and a “phony” with utmost distaste.
During the proclamation day of the 12 senators at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on May 22 (Wednesday), Imee sent a message to her detractors, saying “Huwag na kayo matakot sa akin kasi hindi naman ako mapaghiganti. Gagawa lang tayo ng trabaho (Don’t be afraid of me; I am not resentful. We will just do our job).”
When asked about the intense bashing she is receiving, Imee admitted she is used to it. She has also grown accustomed to the issues thrown at her and her family, saying they have become the people’s “punching bags.” Imee explained: “Ang dami na ng pinagdaanan namin. Hindi namin inaalala ‘yung vindication (We have have faced a lot of trials. We don’t worry about vindication.”
Imee also extended her gratitude to the people of her hometown as she championed the senatorial race in Region 1, saying “The North remembers” in reference to the popular series Game of Thrones. She said she will remain faithful to the Ilocanos because of the unwavering support they have shown her.
However, her detractors remain doubtful of her intentions and capacity as a senator.