Calls for ‘justice’ for the Martial Law ‘victims’ are just fashion statements

Eat my shorts. To all those bleeding-heart emos who keep posting memes on Facebook about “remembering Martial Law” and Tweeting these quaint quotes of indignation over the lack of “justice” for the “victims” of (former) President Ferdinand Marcos’s Martial Law atrocities (or, more appropriately, allegations of these “crimes”), manigas kayo.


Lumang tugtugin na yan. All that talk is starting to sound like the tinny tunes emitted by an old scratched up vinyl record. It’s fit for the analog age and sounds so yesterday in today’s digital media. What these people who cry bloody murder and issue their trendy calls for “justice” keep harping about alleged crimes committed half a century ago don’t realize is that they are merely highlighting yet another quintessentially colossal Filipino FAIL.

Filipinos have failed to make their justice system work for them.

I mean, come on. Forty plus years? Seriously? And not a single conviction??

Let me ask you all a hypothetical question. If, say, you have a dream of becoming a hot shot litigation attorney who earns mega-bucks someday, how would you go about achieving that dream? More specifically, on the morning of the first day of resolving to make good on that ambition what would you do? Would you jump out of bed, walk up in your pyjamas to the doorstep of a law firm with a placard in hand demanding that you are entitled to a job as a lawyer there?

I’d like to think that the sensible first step would be to go to the admissions office of a top lawyer school and fill out a form.

So here’s the deal. The right way to go about things is not a very trendy or selfie-worthy activity, right? (Although I do know of some bozos who do take selfies of themselves filling out the UPCAT form…). Thing is, the things really worth going for require long-term commitment and those who succeed at getting what they want do so by keeping their eyes on the ball over the long haul.

The trouble I see with anti-Marcos fads is that they come and go. They make headlines when the topic is “trending” (specifically, whenever there is someone that the powers-that-be desperately need to demonize) and are relegated to the basement of media fodder whenever other more entertaining topics compete with it for bandwidth.

But that’s no excuse, see. You stick to the task whether or not you get pats on the back or attract media mileage. Apparently, commitment, drive, and focus are not one of the strongest traits of the Philippines’ A.D.D. society. It’s pathetic. But there it is. It actually looks even more pathetic when these bursts of Martial Law “activism” erupt every now and then.

When I was a child, I once saw my little sister playing with a stuffed toy that had been buried under my sock drawer for a couple of years that I had long forgotten about. I yanked it off her and screamed “Hey this is MINE!” Unfortunately for me, my mother was within earshot and, suffice to say, I got a really bad chewing out from her. Worse, she yanked the toy out of my hands and gave it back to my little sister. Finders keepers, she told me.

Well, that’s just tough, isn’t it? Martial Law crybabies, dropped the ball a loooong long time ago. Trouble is, somebody in the team did not grab the loose ball and go for the three-point-shot. In our case, the ball bounced up to the neighborhood toughie who happened to be walking by who then caught it and, just for the laughs, tossed it over the fence into the vacant lot where the big rabid askal lives.

Sorry na lang kayo. Just move on and reflect on the time you WASTED being such ineffectual emos. The world is served on a silver platter to the stoic folks who think rather than wail in epic 40-year tantrums. Just-tiis na lang kayo!


Post Author: Kate Natividad

Frustrated artist doing geek for a living.

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Magsasaka Sa Nayon

Another Marcos Loyalist zombie.
Ho hum.
Get Real Phils is really a joke.


The only justice that exist in the Philippines is the one dispensed by those who has money and power. The rest of the population is just striving for the same thing: money, power, and then justice.

Dear Kate Natividad,, Can you please say that to the Ampatuan massacre victims Family. And tell them manigas kayo and sorry na Lang kayo, because that is what going to happened to them….nothing…of this so called justice for all…You are a very strong lady I what you just say is Manigas kayo doon sa Lahat ng mga seeking justice for the injustice happened to them na up to now the Supreme Court closet that was not solved..Are you a Lawyer or na activist or a lady cares and seek changes for the justice system in the Philippines…for I don’t… Read more »
Eman RP

I agree with the author. Used to deliver newspapers in our little town of Paete since I knew how to ride a BMX. Heard all the whispered shush and anguish, and the whining. Read all about it. I’m 46 now. and the truth is, thesew crybabies are just that – crybabies. Get over it.


These mass protests/gathering are just tools employed by those in power to reiterate that Aquinos =Good, therefore, Marcos = evil. Such false logic seems to be quite effective with the bobo pinoy. Look how we are now, 27 years after the evil dictator has been overthrown? We have a false sense of pinoy freedom, false sense of pinoy pride and false sense of unity. Kawawang pinoy.

Edward Watson
The passage of time doesn’t mean that the crimes committed by the Marcos’ during their regime should be forgotten. rather, the lack of any serious action by the authorities to punish the leaders of the regime, means that their atrocities should be remembered; lest the Marcos sycophants claim that because there have been no “serious” criminal cases, there were no murders/excesses/corruption. The same logic needs to be used against those who ordered and committed the Ampatuan massacre, or should we forget them and move on too? justice must be served and until it is, then the people the author belittles… Read more »
While the article seems to be particularly aimed at those who protest but lack persistence and commitment to the see through the delivery of justice, it is simply inexcusable that such serious allegations would just be dropped, na tiisin na lamang dahil lumipas na ang panahon. The article makes no mention the failings and weaknesses Philippine justice system. Tackling the problems of the Philippine justice system deserves an article (or two, even a volume) of its own, but to tell victims, relatives of those who have disappeared, have been tortured, or inhumanely treated to forget those events is as insensitive… Read more »

Issues are like tissues. You pull one out and another appears!

Sean Akizuki

In due fairness, Marcos may be a dictator but somehow, I am afraid this country has just taken an extreme opposite of dictatorship with a dysfunctional sense of freedom.

I hate to admit it but I think we need another martial law because of our dysfunctional culture:

Maybe The Philippines Really Needs Martial Law Again Huh?!


Sean Akizuki,

Perhaps you’re right. Another Martial Law is the only feasable solution to get the Philippines on the right track:

‘The Philippines is corrupt because the people are corrupt; the people are corrupt because the culture is corrupt; the culture is corrupt because the values of the Filipino people are corrupt.’


Sean Suzuki, “In due fairness, Marcos may be a dictator but somehow, I am afraid this country has just taken an extreme opposite of dictatorship with a dysfunctional sense of freedom.” I’m not a staunch Marcos supporter but, if you really sit down and analyze what it is going on in the Philippines today, you will probably come up with the same conclusion I keep coming up with: ‘When Marcos was president, there was only one devil and we knew who he was and where to find him. Today, there are hundreds–even thousands–of devils in the Philippines, and we don’t… Read more »
“Martial Law Justice” is the “Bogeyman” of the Aquinos, to give Fear to people; so that they can DIVERT the attention of people of their own: murders , thieveries and greed. This “Martial Law” issue they think, are still swallowed by the mentally retarded Filipinos, like them. Unfortunately, some has brains, and are able to think. How about , if we ask Justice, for the Crimes of Benigno Aquino, Sr., of his KALIBAPI Party; that tortured, and murdered many Filipino guerrillas, during the Japanese Militarists occupation. Or, the victims of the LP Plaza Miranda, LP Rally bombings, done by Benigno… Read more »
I’m still shocked to see that ‘educated’ Filipinos protect the Marcos legacy. It’s easy to keep people happy when you borrow massively and only steal half the money. It worked well until you ran out of other people’s money to spend. But hey, this works in a country where planning ahead doesn’t exist right? My mate lives next door to Imelda and she has the gall to give them some trinket with her face on it. Flips would be impressed but educated foreigners just shake their head at the futility of a status culture that would accept such blatant dishonesty…make… Read more »

A witty line from a friend:

“Problemahin mo na rin ang 13th month pay niyo, kasi kay Marcos galing yan.”

Norway Jim
he author is way off on this one. The victims have the right to claim money damages from that scumbag family who still openly boast about having 170 foreign bak accounts and ALL OF IT is ill-gotten wealth from the backs of Filipino’s , many of whom are long since dead, BUT SO WHAT? It doesn’t make the crimes committed against them any less real and the Marcos family deserves to rot in poverty or work like the ‘MASSA’ to gain the life-style that they stole from the entire nation of Fail-ipino’s, it should only take about 15 generations of… Read more »
Norway Jim

Take back the ill-gotten wealth from the Marcos family and distribute it amongst the victims and whatever is left over, spend on infrastructure projects.

AND ONE LAST THING, THROW THAT IMELDA MARCOS IN JAIL ALREADY !!!! and her ‘alleged victim’ son of hers.

I swear whenever i see Marcos did this, Marcos did that, my ears start ringing. Its been 30 years. I think its time to move on. There are bigger issues at hand that needs the countries’ attention. Complaining about the Marcos’s wont fix anything. Besides, if they were that bad, why are they back in politics?? Hell, you have an ex-president who was impeached, jailed and is now a mayor?! Go figure that. So perhaps, those past administrations/politicians aren’t the one to blame. I think its time to look within and admit the fact that the Filipinos brought all of… Read more »
Jim DiGriz

40 plus years Kate?

joeld mentioned 27 years?

Guys, if we talk about this can we at least get the years right?

Feb 25, 1986, so next year it’s actually 30 years.

Ron Angelo

Accountability is not really a strong word in our state. People can get away with a lot of things here. In the case of Marcos, it can be attributed to a strong and powerful defendant and as you said, a failure of the state/prosecutors to get the ball rolling

Shameless plug about the issue:

Myles Garcia
Not a single judgment? Excuse me. You seem to be selective in your blogging. There is at least the JUDGMENT of September 22, 1995 in Hawaii. Some 23 years to the day that Marcos declared martial law, a Superior Court judge in Hawaii awarded $2 billion dollars to the human rights victims. Vilma Bautista was convicted and found guilty by the New York Court for the sale of the MOnet painting–except she is out on bail, supposedly for reasons of health. So please DON’T be disingenuous in saying that they have NOT be convicted. They have but they have disobeyed… Read more »