While I was born way long after the era of Marcos’ dictatorship, I cannot, in any way, see the Marcoses in a positive light as a lot of people seem to do. As the 2016 elections draw nearer, I find it alarming that more and more people, especially those of the younger generation, seem to glorify Ferdinand E. Marcos’ (FEM) actions during those times.
It’s quite ironic how they can paint a picture of Marcos as a great force of “progress” yet flip their shit over the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Republic Act 10175). On one hand, you demand freedom over your internets, and on the other, you look up to THAT GUY who would make you disappear (or “salvage,” to reference the official term used back then that is still used today) if you so much as breath a single sentence against his tyrannical reign. Activists, students, young or old, it did not matter what you were. If you were against the dictatorship, you were taken away. If you haven’t seen Dekada ‘70 (Dekada Sidenta), you probably should.
People praise Marcos for the progress made to our infrastructure and how the country was so prosperous. He built many roads, government buildings, hospitals, schools, etc. Yes, he did; but he made sure he always had a cut. It was through all these “great projects” that sunk our country into debt, and filled their pockets and bank accounts to the brim. This family and their cronies were off buying jewelries, expensive clothes, land and properties, both within the Philippines and on foreign soil while the rest of the population struggled in poverty and debt.
40 years later, we still have not found out how much this family has stolen from us. The estimated amount (as per PCGG) is around $10B. Ten billion in US dollars in 70’s-80’s. The documented cases of humans rights abuse reached a number of over 10,000 who were murdered, kidnapped, or tortured. 40 years later, after this family has been tried and declared guilty of plundering and looting our country of its wealth and future, the surviving members of the family are holding positions of power in our government and live lives of wealth while the rest of us break our backs everyday just to see our families get through the month.
While you may choose to argue that the sins of the father should not be visited upon the son, you should, however, take note as well that the Marcoses, until now, have NEVER APOLOGIZED to the Filipino people for the damage their greed and corruption has caused. Bongbong Marcos, who cried out that PNoy should issue an apology to the families of the HK tourists killed in the tour bus hostage incident, has never apologized for all the cruelty the Philippines suffered under the rule of his parents. (I say parents because Imelda played a very big role as wel.) In fact, they act as if Martial Law never happened. These people who held the nation with an iron fist never showed remorse or guilt for the events that transpired back then. How can I entrust the future to someone like that? When
So before you go supporting dear Junior to run for presidency, the question y’all kids need to be thinking about is, “How great were FEM’s so-called achievements back then and were those achievements worth all that debt we have now, as well as the number of victims of humans rights abuse during his presidency?”
I urge the younger generation, who know nothing but praise for the Marcos family, to reconsider your position and opinion of them through reading and studying more about this dictatorship has affected our nation.
I do not claim to know so much about the days of Martial Law nor dare claim to understand how the victims have felt during those times. As I’ve said, the Martial Law was long over and the first EDSA a thing of the past when I was born. But I do know that having another Marcos on the highest seat of authority will never be a good idea.
Raissa Robles’ article HERE. Several reference materials can be found in the comments section as well.
Another good read HERE.