Martial Law Fixation Distracts us from the Real Issues

Recently, Martial Law became the topic because of my alma mater, Ateneo, coming out with a statement claiming that vice-presidentiable Bongbong Marcos is revising history. My question is, what historical revisionism is being done? All Marcos said in effect is, let people decide for themselves what they want to believe. There’s no revisionism in that. There’s also the assumption that the younger Marcos is part of the group that deserves to be punished for torturing and killing Filipinos back then. But he was also a kid that time and would have no knowledge of how to make Martial Law work for him. His father and the government officials at the time, including Juan Ponce Enrile and Fidel Ramos, were calling the shots.

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They’re probably thinking of the alleged connection between Imee Marcos and the murder of Archimedes Trajano. I have been shown an article from 1992 where a U.S. court found the Marcos father and Imee liable for this, but was also told a Philippine court voided the case. There is also the picture where it is alleged that Bongbong Marcos was in fatigues because he wanted to bomb and kill ordinary people. I would say that’s someone’s opinion. It was more likely that he was preparing to defend his family because of the coup d’etat that Enrile and Ramos mounted at the time, the event that was the actual start of Edsa 1 (I wonder if people even remember that there was a coup d’etat at the time, and that there was a firefight at the channel 9 tower where a soldier was killed; “bloodless revolution” my foot).

I can guess what they’re actually thinking. They believe is that letting Marcos go free supports impunity. This is thought of as absolving the perpetrators of their crimes and letting justice stay unserved. So Bongbong Marcos running around free angers them.

Let me just repeat one thing that fellow blogger Ilda said before: the Marcoses are back because the Aquinos welcomed them with open arms. Also, as our esteemed webmasterBenign0 wrote, serious allegations have to be run through a court of law. Otherwise they are just hearsay, the legal term for tsismis, something which still has the capacity to damage people.

If they claim that jailing Marcos is symbolic, it would be a false symbol. It is like how I explained the case of former president Gloria Arroyo; people want a symbolic scapegoat to be punished, but will let all the others doing the actual corruption run free. It is not a victory, it is defeat.

Let’s say they indeed convict Marcos and get him jailed: what will it effect? Will it solve our economic woes? Will it make people’s lives better and easier? Perhaps it will make people feel better. But people feeling better does not solve problems, it only masks them. And once the effects set in, people will stop feeling better. As the saying goes: you can jail the killer, but it won’t bring the murdered loved one back.

There is also a clear double standard. Why don’t the Ateneo people make a statement condemning the two Aquino regimes, as they have atrocities committed in their name too, such as the Mendiola Massacre in 1987 (which before I mistakenly believed was Marcos era) and the recent SAF 44 murder by insurgents? Thus, many other accusations fly that the faculty were bought, if not deceived.

As my title says, all this distracts us from the real issues affecting us. Among those issues are the problems brought up by our new blogger Cynicmandirigma, who highlighted the absurd difficulties in handling the paperwork for his business. There were so many anomalies in his experience that he advised people to flee the country instead of doing business here (I even surmised that the government people want more Filipinos to become OFWs, which will mean more money to pillage as “tribute”). That in addition to a crazy problem some months back with receipts when many business people have had new receipts printed, only to learn that the BIR still considered them invalid. Then this case of car plates from the LTO. I remember seeing a post that claimed the monumentally delayed car plates from the Land Transportation Office were now being made outside the country (maybe China), the claim being made by the former contractor (GJB). Presidential mouthpiece Edwin Lacierda denied it (see picture below). But now, why are the car plates in Customs if they’re made locally? And more. This bureaucracy isn’t the result of Martial Law, but a continuous buildup of corrupt practices in government that started in the Cory era.

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If people are afraid that Bongbong Marcos will impose Martial Law once again, I say that’s silly. Martial Law implementation is a group effort, Bongbong can’t do it alone. Back then, it required the help of Enrile, Ramos and other people to implement it. Don’t forget even business and civil society leaders back then supported Martial Law. Today, no one would support that, because they know how dangerous it was. But anyway, business and civil society leaders will support whoever is in power, and the corrupt politicians will jump to whoever’s the ruling party, so they can continue their shenanigans.

If ever martial law is feared, there’s even more reason to fear Rodrigo Duterte doing it (despite his flipflopping on the issue). And some people who want martial law imposed again have this as reasons: asshole drivers on the road; the rocks being thrown by kids at cars on C-5; rise of crime in the cities and the brazen nature of it; and more. The loss of patience leads to people having greater acceptance for more drastic measures.

That helps lead to the point raised about why Marcos is getting popular; it’s because the Aquino regime today is a failure. It’s corrupt, too. So the people who realize the failure, if they have a black-and-white view of things, will switch to the perceived diametric opposite. And about the 2016 elections: does anyone even wonder why the choices are so none-of-the-above (NOTA – I remember that TV ad back then)?

I’d say people are really wasting their time calling for Marcos to be held liable if they are not calling for the current Malacanang seatwarmer to be liable as well. There are other things to talk about, such as the problem with the business process that cynicmandirigma wrote about, and other things. And, seriously, no one with the power or influence is even talking about the Chinese incursion in the Spratly Islands and other islands in the West Philippine Sea. They’re just leaving the soldiers in the BRP Sierra Madre to rot.

Let me just say the painful but obvious truth about the real issues: Filipino culture itself is corrupt. We complain about politicians getting in unqualified family members and friends into posts, but we do that in ordinary life. We complain about politicians stealing from public funds and resources, but don’t ordinary people do that to companies, schools, organizations and other funds as well? And having people killed through assassins or killing someone you hate, don’t ordinary people do it too (just look at the news these days)? Truly, as was asked before, aren’t our leaders a reflection of ourselves as a people?

The country’s greatest enemy is its own people. Unless we, the people, fix our habits and behavior, we end up the ones dragging our country down.

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I stick with this blog because I believe, as my cohorts do, that many things Filipino embrace as part of their culture keep their society backward. And blogging freely to show that in a truly decent society, with true freedom of speech, even nobodies have a voice.

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Pilosopo Socrates
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True, very true.

Our country is such a basket case of issues and with the elections is only making things worse.

We can always look into the past for insight and lessons but what we really need is to address the issues that have been unaddressed and “in progress”

The hard part now is to unite the country towards one common goal: A better country for everyone. Sadly with our country being a twisted version of medieval Europe, our nation will never go anywhere at all. Who knows … maybe we can reach first world in 500 years?

martin
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it’s the greed for hacienda luisita why the philippines is all mess up. it’s the ancestral domain in the bbl’s shariah law that can only save luisita. who is rashid lucman? he’s the founder of bangsamoro. that’s why no bbl, no luista.

88Hyden007Toro9999.99
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88Hyden007Toro9999.99
Aquino and Mar Roxas want the issues against them diverted to Marcos Martial Law. This is because, there are too many issues, they cannot answer. So, they resurrected the Ghost of Marcos Martial Law, to scare people, into electing another Marcos. We , elected another Aquino, and we got scammed again, by an unqualified Aquino. No better, that his mother, Cory Aquino; the clueless housewife, who became President. Aquino sold the country to the Chinese. Aquino and Mar Roxas tried to sell the country to the ,ISIS/Al Queda/MILF, thru the BBL Law. Aquino and Mar Roxas were negligent on the… Read more »
perry mayson
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cory aquino did not win the election , she fucking grabbed the power trough a coup d, etat marcos won the snap election

Eterioherrera60@gmail.com
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With the help of the ADMU faculties; Lopez Media ABS CBN; YellowTard newspapers; YellowTard Radio station; YellowTard “political pundits; yes, the thirty two years of MADPnoy third world status Creator, diverted the Hacienda luisita self interest of a Pilipino whose unworthy cause is not worth dying for, to hide the real truth of Apo lakay Marcos Masagana99 conversion of a quarter of a million peasants to landowners, the real issue of these rotten egg that stink as high as to high heaven.

eterio herrera
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Martial law is synonymous to General smoking tobacco eddie, and Senatong tanda and his napolis list of money bathub auditors., the two main plotters of the Economic hitmen of marcos destruction of the Philippines by john perkins book(EHM)that downgrade the economic status of second world status to thirty two years of MADPnoy hacienda luisita self interest deception.

Gloria
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true…..wala silang maibato kay bbm…kaya maerial law ang binubuksan nila…nagmartial law dahil na rin sa kanila kasi sila ang mga magulang niya ang founder ng communist party ng pilipinas

marius
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In Ilda’s article, and in this one too, the take-away theme is: let’s move on people, let’s focus on recent events. Am I correct? So why then are there six articles on the front page – count’em, six – on the topic of BongBong Marcos? Frankly, if the guy hadn’t had a famous father, he’d be just another mildly retarded nobody pumping out foolish legislation. I urge anyone who thinks he belongs in public office to read this drivel: Link Why, indeed, is anybody discussing him? Maybe he isn’t entirely a waste of space. Somebody mentioned a Truth Commission. I… Read more »
67Hyden007Toro9999.99
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67Hyden007Toro9999.99
Marcos Martial law is irrelevant in this election. They job performances of Aquino and Mar Roxas are relevant issues. Let us all move on from the past: Aquino’s EDSA, Marcos Martial Law, Truth commission, etc…they are all waste of time. We have to divert our attentions to the present issues, like: Aquino and Mar Roxas misbehaviors in offices; the economy; the implementation of Land Reform; the removal of Feudalism; the Oligarchy ; the economy; NPA; MILF/ISIS/Al Queda; the widespread graft and corruption; BBL Law; DAP; PDAF; Pork Barrel Bribery; the missing Typhoon Yolanda Relief funds; etc…too numerous to enumerate. And,… Read more »
Eterioherrera60@gmail.com
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yes to Zero conversion of Peasants to landowners, a thirty two years of MADPnoy hacienda luisita self interest legacy of a Kulangkulang99 third world status Philippine Creator.

benign0
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First of all, there is no call to “move on” of the sort that you imply — that the Martial Law “atrocities” should be forgotten. The msssage is more around recognising that (1) the “Martial Law = Evil” tagline of these bozo activists has worn to within a nanometer of its remaining strand of fibre and (2) the sensible thing to do is to close the case on the back of a recognition that, in this instance (over that 30-year period) Philippine justice has failed to resolve anything. The case has gone cold and the chief architects and executors of… Read more »
marius
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benign0, it’s are still relevant because: 1) Its architects of that era are still in positions of power; 2) The systems for that Marcos Sr. put in place are still serving their intended purpose, i.e., bleeding the country dry; 3) Marcos Jr. is running for VP while (a) pretending he knows nothing at all about his family and their activities and (b) creating meaningless government projects that look an awful lot like the ones his father created. How is this not relevant to current affairs? It IS current affairs. I think you yourself pointed out that all of the oligarchy… Read more »
benign0
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It’s irrelevant. Here’s why:

We all know that Fidel Ramos was one of the key executives of Martial Law. Yet he went on to win an election and turned out to be one of the better (if not the best of) Philippine presidents of the last 30 years.

What does that say?

Ramos is living proof that a Martial Law henchman can actually go on to become a competent leader — in the process rendering his past role in “the Martial Law years” irrelevant.

Eterio Herrera
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Martial law of Apo lakay Marcos Masagana99 legacy ended in September 21, 1981, the Great nation Apo lakay Marcos of Great Nation Philippines that was fixated to be the real issue of thirty two years MadPnoy Third world Status Creation of a yellow oligarchs self interest family of mass media deception.

John Odonnell R Petalcorin
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Four requisites of Martial Law: (1) Unstoppable insurgency or lawlessness beyond control of the civil society, (2) Recommendation of Congress, (3) concurrence of the Supreme Court, (4) Declaration by the President. The ’72 Martial Law had these four. By the way, only a fool will say that Martial Law is a character that runs in a family genes. Pero ang pagiging traydor sa bansa, it runs in the blood.

Vincemart
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Sir very true…..

vagoneto rieles
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Lately, dozens of postings have been dedicated to the revamping and re-interpretation of ‘Marcos’ martial law’, with a view to making this period palatable.. even make it seem like a great idea. The real intent, of course is to touch-up and remake Bong-Bong Marcos’ image in order for him to initially snag the Vice-Presidency, and eventually, the Presidency itself. I get that. I also understand, that in politics, more than in any other enterprise, everything is fair game. It might be helpful, however, to consider that events of some three to four decades ago, when viewed in the ‘rear view… Read more »
Ilda
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@vagoneto rieles Do you still remember when you were 15 years old? Can you imagine being in charge of the military and PNP at 15? I don’t think so. BBM was a teenager during the height of atrocities of Martial Law. Which part of that is so hard to understand? There are so many other “adults” who need to be accountable but you and other people like you make it look like BBM has to answer for Martial Law atrocities alone. Besides, why didn’t Cory prosecute FVR and Enrile for their roles? That is something you conveniently ignore. It says… Read more »
vagoneto rieles
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Thanks for your comments, Ms Ilda. You are indeed smart and well informed. I’m surprised, however, that you did not address the salient points of what I had written. You picked instead the only one point that you might build an argument on.. Bong-Bong’s being a 15-year old teenager once; A precocious 15-year old, though, who was aware of his environment then, but who still, to this day, remains muted owing to his realization that such was toxic and dangerous for those over whom his family ruled then. A little more candor.. a little more humility..and, perhaps just a smidgen… Read more »
Ilda
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A precocious 15-year old, though, who was aware of his environment then…” Gee…how do you know this? Seems you insist on painting a picture of a 15 year old BBM who knew very well what was going on around him. You’re not being very realistic. If you were the head of the mafia, would you tell your children everything? I’m sure you won’t, for their own protection. Do you think he knew what rogue members of the military were doing during Martial Law? I bet his own father wasn’t even aware of them. There are sociopaths in every organization especially… Read more »
vagoneto rieles
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“..take a look at this whole episode in a different light.” I guess that says it all. You’ve just made my point.

Ilda
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What’s so wrong about considering other angles? You can’t keep swallowing what the “victors” have been telling us for the last 30 years particularly since they didn’t do much to prosecute the real architects of Martial Law. You want to blame someone who was still a kid when ML was declared. That’s unfair and unrealistic.

Did you know that the human brain doesn’t get fully developed until we hit 25? Read this:

Is 25 the new cut-off point for adulthood?

THELMA BEAZLEY
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@Ilda YOU miss one LARGE point: Bong Bong Marcos is going to inherit the fortune his Mother is openly bragging about.These are the funds and A$$ET$ stolen from the Filipino nation during his Father’s ADMINISTRATION. The Marcos family owns PLDT,A BANK and many many other critical parts of the economy.AND THEY STOLE IT, yet BBM doesn’t mention what he will do with all that MONEY when he inherits it,DOES HE? SO IDGAS WHAT BBM SAYS ABOUT ANYTHING, UNTIL HE AND HIS FAMILY GIVE BACK WHAT THEY STOLE, THEY SHOULD BE EXILED…THROWN BACK OUT OF THE COUNTRY. and,please, dont give me… Read more »
Vagoneto Rieles
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@ Ms Beazley… Well said Ma’am; and with upper case letters too.

eterio herrera
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blaming Martial law fixations moves us away from the real issue of Power grabbing and usurping the Apo lakay Marcos Masagana99 legacy of a great nation Philippines into turing it to a third world status country Philippines. with the help of japan and Malaysia.

THELMA BEAZLEY
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@ Herrera, forget about Martial Law, but don’t forget about the A$$ET$ stolen during it. Those A$$ET$ should be confiscated and given back to the people the Marcos family stole it from,with interest,the Filipino nation.

Vagoneto Rieles
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It’s been said before, “..there can be no forgiveness without justice; neither can there be justice without restitution.” Believers of this aphorism are legion. What do the supporters and assorted acolytes of Bong-Bong say? We’d like to know.

d_forsaken
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Lies and secrets, they are like a cancer in the soul. They eat away what is good and leave only destruction behind.

Eterio Herrera
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Martial law Masagana99 Conversion of a quarter of a million peasants into landowner farmers was the vital success of Apo lakay Marcos twenty two years legacy, the Philippine loan money of Bataan Nuclear Power Plant for 400 million, was crucial point of why our country went down to a third world status. just imagine how much money we lost from japan interest charges that was paid by Cory the Japanese collaborator, it was 5 billion dollars and up to now we are still paying it. not only that he used that reason so his acquired assets in Meralco will continue… Read more »
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