"The best thing that ever happened to our country was when Marcos declared Martial Law." That was the statement by Marcos loyalist Cherry Cobarrubias in an interview with GMA.
Cobarrubias is the leader of the Marcos Loyalists for God, Country, and People. She helped organize the Marcos-Tolentino campaign during the Snap Elections of 1986. She became close to the Marcos family when she visited them during their exile to Hawaii. She was also once the spokesperson for former first lady, Ilocos Rep. Imelda Marcos.
She states that the burial of late president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani is the right kind of historical revisionism.
"Alam mo, unang una, hindi ako naniniwala na restored ang democracy. Unang una, hindi naman namatay ang demokrasya, eh. Nag-declare lang si Marcos ng Martial Law because that was necessary—that was the height of the cold war, ang daming kaguluhan. No choice ang presidente kundi ipagtanggol ang bayan," Cobbarubias said.
Cobarrubias stated that Martial Law was the best "instrument" Marcos used to counteract the violent takeover of communist groups.
"Ito ang pinakamagandang instrument to prevent the violent takeover of the communist groups. Kaya nga kung sasabihing babaguhin natin ang kasaysayan, talagang babaguhin natin nang maitama," she said
When asked about the protest groups, Cobbarubias expressed her dismay with the young activists and claimed they did not understand history.
"'Yun ang nakakaawa, kasi 'yung mga estudyante, alam mo naman na hindi nila naiintindihan ang kasaysayan. Sabi ko nga, the best thing that ever happened to our country was when Marcos declared Martial Law. Grabe ang kaguluhan noon," Cobbarubias said
She claims that there was "no truth" behind the human rights abuses committed by Marcos.
"Yung kaso sa Hawaii nu'ng mag-file 'yung human rights claimants, 3,000 'yung sinasabing claimants—doble-doble pa 'yung pangalan kasi away ng mag-asawa, away ng boyfriend, nakalagay doon na victims." she said
"Tapos 'yung abogado nila, si Mr. Swift, pumunta dito, naglagay ng tables kung saan-saang probinsya ... sabi kung sino 'yung mga biktima ni Marcos, magpalista...What I'm trying to say is walang katotohanan. Masyado nilang pinalaki. Kasi sabi ko nga, Marcos has no human rights case in the Philippines. Sana nu'ng nawala si Marcos sa Pilipinas, nag-file sila" she added.
Cobbarubias said that the other Marcos loyalists were thankful for the decision of the Supreme Court to vote in favor of the burial.
"Nagpapasalamat kami na finally, truth prevails. 'Yung siyam na mahistrado na desisyon in favor of the burial of the late president. So we're happy, we're glad,"
Cobarrubias said she was informed of the burial days before it was carried out. Her group decided not to go, due to the anti-Marcos groups that may oppose them. She said the other Marcos loyalists will hold a thanksgiving mass in Tagaytay instead of clashing with anti-Marcos rallyists.
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