‘I NEVER SAID THAT’ | Enrile says statement on Martial Law arrests was ‘twisted’
5 months ago
OCTOBER 17, 2018 — Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile has denied claims he had made during an interview with former Senator Bongbong Marcos last September that no one had been arrested nor imprisoned for his or her political beliefs during the time of Martial Law.
Enrile earned the ire of netizens after his interview with the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’s son was uploaded on social media. Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., a prominent former Martial Law detainee, also belied Enrile’s statements.
While serving as senate president in 2013, Enrile’s shepherded and co-signed Republic Act 10368, or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act, which recognizes the existence of human rights violations during the Marcos years and provides for a mechanism to indemnify the victims.
A total of 11,103 Martial Law victims have since received indemnity from the government.