Nartates apologizes for forgiving Marcoses
"Forgiveness is not for me to give. My role is to seek for the truth."
Central Student Council (CSC) President Janela Love Nartates apologized to the Thomasian community and Martial Law victims after saying in her State of the Council Address (SOCA) that the CSC had already forgiven the Marcoses.
“My intent was only to point out the difference between forgiving and forgetting but I guess I failed to clarify it better. Marcos is not a hero. Forgiveness is not for me to give. My role is to seek for the truth,” Nartates said yesterday, Feb. 13 in a Facebook post.
She also apologized to the CSC Executive Board and to the Central Board of Students for her “irresponsible” statements.
She reiterated that as “seekers and defenders of truth,” the CSC will never forget the atrocities during the Martial Law era.
The CSC received flak on social media for Nartates’ absolution of the Marcoses.
The Faculty of Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) also released a statement countering Nartates’ remarks, saying that the CSC’s statement do not reflect the views of the ABSC and the Artlet community.
Nartates noted in her SOCA the difference in forgiving and forgetting, saying that the CSC had forgiven the Marcoses but they will not forget the atrocities committed during the Martial Law era.
This was not the first time that the CSC was criticized regarding the Marcoses.
UST was the only “Big Four” university absent during the massive protests against the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Nartates told TomasinoWeb that they opted not to join the protests as they were after the safety of the students.
However, the CSC released a statement and organized a candlelight vigil inside the campus. . – Vince Ferreras