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Philippines university sorry for Imelda Marcos visit

Published on Jul 7, 2014 11:46 AM
 
Former Philippine first lady and Congresswoman Imelda Marcos speaks to her supporters after attending a mass during her 85th birthday celebration, in Batac, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines, on July 2, 2014. A leading Catholic university in the Philippines has apologised for inviting former first lady Imelda Marcos to speak after photos of her relishing the occasion caused a social media storm. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA (AFP) - A leading Catholic university in the Philippines has apologised for inviting former first lady Imelda Marcos to speak after photos of her relishing the occasion caused a social media storm.

The 85-year-old wife of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was photographed flashing the victory sign with Ateneo de Manila University students in pictures that went viral on Facebook and Twitter.

"To those who did not experience the Marcos era and believe they are saints, you do not know how merciless they were," said Joel Ramos on Facebook.

Andy Summers added that the Jesuit-run institution's decision to invite Marcos to address scholars showed "hypocrisy at its best".

 
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