Senator Nancy Binay on Wednesday denied supporting the passage of a bill declaring September 11 as a special non-working holiday in observance of “President Ferdinand Marcos Day” in Ilocos Norte.
“Contrary to reports circulating online, I did not vote for the approval of House Bill No. 7137,” Binay said.
“I wish to reiterate that I did not vote for the approval of the bill and will not support any bill that will cause historical revisionism,” the senator added.
Binay said she was not part of the discussions on the bill when the Senate Committee on Local Government, chaired by Sen. Francis Tolentino, took it up. The said Senate panel had earlier approved the Marcos holiday bill.
“I had to leave the hybrid hearing of the Senate Committee on Local Government after the discussion on the redistricting of the province of Bulacan due to a prior commitment,” she said.
“Thus, I was no longer a part of the hearing when House Bill No. 7137 was tackled and discussed,” the lawmaker said.
The Party-list Akbayan group, led by Loretta “Etta” Rosales, had earlier condemned the panel’s approval of the bill saying the committee “shamed and cheapened itself” by acting as a “Marcos deodorant to hide the stench of the dead dictator’s brutal rule.”
Rosales was among those who suffered torture during Martial Law. Binay’s father, former vice president Jejomar Binay, was known as one of the strongest critics of the late strongman.
The senator has said that her father is a “living testament” of the Marcos dictatorship, having been arrested for his political beliefs and criticism of the leader.