Team Miriam Santiago and Bongbong Marcos call on Filipinos stuck in the past to MOVE ON

For a people aspiring to gather up a resolve to eradicate dynasty politics in the Philippines, it is quite ironic that many in their society cannot seem to get over the “horrors” of the Martial Law years and move on. Instead, they are using the distant memory of that regime to continue as a pseudo-argument against the candidacy of Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr (BBM).


Dynasty politics and the primitive thinking that sustains it is still at work when people continue to insist that children — despite having demonstrated otherwise over a string of concrete achievements — necessarily “inherit” the sins of their parents. The insistence that BBM is accountable for the alleged “crimes” committed by his father former President Ferdinand E. Marcos in the 1970s is no more than the corollary of the same idiotic thinking that propelled the ascent of current president Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III to power. In the earlier, it is the moronic notion that BBM is tainted by birth. In the latter, it is the equally hollow-headed notion that BS Aquino is anointed by birth.

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Thus it is hardly-surprising that the camp who are throwing the loudest tantrums over BBM’s rising viability as a candidate for higher office are the same ones who crown BS Aquino God’s Personal Appointee to Malacanang on the basis of birthright. Rather ironic it is indeed that the very people who laud the Aquino-Cojuangco feudal clan as the premiere icon of this “restored” democracy Filipinos supposedly enjoy today, are the ones who exhibit the least faith in the ability of its inherent checks-and-balances to mitigate the risk of a much-feared “return to dictatorship” in the future. Their battle cry “#NeverAgain” reflects this paranoid sentiment.

Economist and educator David Yap II couldn’t have put it more bluntly when he said that it takes “intellectual capacity” and “maturity” rarely found in the Philippines’ chattering classes to look at the candidacy of BBM objectively. Instead, all of the arguments being fielded against BBM are mere ad hominem positions and demonstrates how easy it is to apply the same “#NeverAgain” rhetoric used against him to the track record of BS Aquino and his henchmen…

Let’s preface the discussion with the hashtag #neveragain. What does this mean? It’s not a complete sentence. It’s a phrase. Let’s fill in the blanks.

Perhaps it is never again to Martial Law. Given the present configuration of the Philippine government, the dynamics of political power, and the political landscape, any PRESIDENT will be hard pressed to declare martial law. (LOL if you think a vice-president not named Francis Underwood can declare martial law).

Perhaps it is never again to corruption. Let’s define corruption as the use of government resources for personal gain (which is of course the standard definition, and the definition that encompasses more than just plunder). Who again was the president who leveraged the power of government to insulate a large tract of land from agrarian reform?

Maybe it is never again to cronyism. Take a good hard look at how the spoils of EDSA were divided to a select few families. Maybe it is never again to suppression of free speech. Who was the first president to file a case against a journalist for libel – over an article that contained a metaphor? Which country (not presently a war zone) is the worst country for journalists?

Maybe it is never again to human rights abuses. Remember the Mendiola Massacre? How about the continued maltreatment of farmers in Hacienda Luisita? How about something more recent – how about the tens of thousands of families living in squalor in Yolanda-ravaged regions?

[NB: Paragraph breaks added by author.]

Supporters of BS Aquino and the greater community of people who continue to use their infantile thinking to argue against BBM are building their house on a logical sand dune. Rather than see a candidate for the possibilities he offers on the back of his or her track record of achievement, they would rather place their bets on candidates who offer nothing on both fronts. Despite the current era of the “democracy” supposedly “restored” in the aftermath of the 1986 EDSA “revolution”, Filipinos remain stuck in the same brand of primitivist superstition politics and continue to latch on to the sacrifice platforms of the emotionalist candidates they favour.

Indeed, the sharp legal mind of newly-announced presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago who recently endorsed Bongbong Marcos as her running mate points out in eviscerating detail the reasons why the Marcoses need not apologise.

She stressed that whatever the late dictator did during his regime was not the result of “a familial discussion” but the policy decision of Marcos himself and his advisers.

“No, I do not not think that the Marcoses, as a family, owe us an apology. In the first place, it was not the case that President Marcos, the father, told all the Marcoses to come together, and they all decided jointly to conduct certain activities that were later viewed with disinterest or distaste or even outright criticism by other Filipinos,” Santiago said.

“That was not the case. They did not agree as a family to sit down and say, ‘Okay, let us do this. Let us set up curfews. Let us regulate the issuance of firearms and so on.’ This was all the result not of a familial discussion or decision, but the result of the policy decision of the man at the executive head of the government, President Marcos, plus his advisers.”

Columnist Teodoro ‘Teddy Boy’ Locsin Jr once admitted that the arguments that paint former President Marcos as one who was really not that bad a guy as he is made out to be may be “galling” to some. But he asserts in his 2011 Interaksyon article The real score on the Marcos burial and martial law that a lot of these are the “right” ones and that those who continue to choose to ignore the undeniable soundness of these arguments should simply “suffer the gall and go on lying to yourselves about yourselves.”

I think Marcos should be buried [at the Fort McKinley Libingan ng mga Bayani] for what he was, a former president, twice elected in democratic elections.

Oppositors say he destroyed Philippine democracy. That is not a disqualification. He was democratically elected president, twice.

While he destroyed democracy, in order to save it, according to him, the people ratified martial law in a referendum. The Supreme Court validated the dictatorship as constitutional. So it was legal. Marcos was never impeached; he did nothing illegal to forfeit his right to be buried with other presidents not all of whom wanted to buried there.

On top of that, after the assassination of Ninoy Aquino, the people elected two-thirds of Marcos’s candidates to the Batasan in the first relatively free elections since martial law was imposed. In short, it was tantamount to seeing two thirds ratifying the assassination of Ninoy. Is this unfair? No, it is fair and true. Ninoy’s assassination was the only raging topic of the day, with lightning rallies staged by the Left and joined by people with no connection to the largely mental and always inutile opposition in the non-left, particularly certain human rights advocates whose work did not make a dent on martial law.

As such the kernel of the brain-dead “#NeverAgain” advocacy which asserts that BBM and the Marcoses “cannot even acknowledge, much less admit, verifiable historical facts” therefore has no legs to stand on — because historical fact is a matter of record to which an accountability link to the present set of political players is weak and hopelessly debatable. What is a lot more readily evident and, more importanly, relevant are the ideas and vision brought to the table by the candidates in this election.

Thirty years is a vast timeframe that separates today and the distant yesterday of the Martial Law regime. To continue to wail and gnash teeth over how the threat of Martial Law remains relevant today is an ironic indictment of the very democratic foundations laid over those three decades by former President Corazon ‘Cory’ Aquino herself. Perhaps the people who are averse to moving on should think about that and reflect on what their fear mongering really says about their own character.

[Photo courtesy @BongBongMarcos.]

70 Replies to “Team Miriam Santiago and Bongbong Marcos call on Filipinos stuck in the past to MOVE ON”


  2. I agree with Miriam’s reasoning. To quote again:

    “That was not the case. They did not agree as a family to sit down and say, ‘Okay, let us do this. Let us set up curfews. Let us regulate the issuance of firearms and so on.’ This was all the result not of a familial discussion or decision, but the result of the policy decision of the man at the executive head of the government, President Marcos, plus his advisers.”

    The elder Marcos is a very smart man, I doubt that he’ll drag his family into this morass of politics and let them have a hand in the declaration and implementation of Martial law. I’m sure Marcos knew where work ends and family begins.

    Let us contrast this with quotes from the Aquino camp:

    “From the time of (President Ramon) Magsasay, the hacienda land was never lost. When Martial Law came, we still did not lose our land. GMA (Gloria Arroyo) and Cory had a fight during GMA’s presidency, we Cojuangcos still did not lose our land. Now that that you (Noynoy) are president, we lose the hacienda!… You are the reason for our loss of the hacienda, because even the Supreme Court you had to fight with!,” (Elder Conjuangco to President Aquino)


    “You have to understand, you’re a Romualdez and the President is an Aquino.” (The anointed Mar Roxas to Tacloban Mayor Romualdez)


    “We respect the Supreme Court decision. We survived even when they took everything from us, including our dad’s life, and we will survive this.” (Kris Aquino on the SC decision divesting them of Hda. Luisita to her twitter followers)


    Now tell me, which family is more “dynastic”??? Its fantastic.

    1. YO DICK, EXACTLY where did you get the ‘Elder Cojuanco’ quote? in your dreams maybe ?

      The Liusita may get divided but the people will NEVER reap what they sow. One scam or another will be imposed and things will remain the same. A piece of paper declaring ownership matters very little.

        1. @ DICK, the quote of the Elder Cojuanco is NOT attributted to anyone in the article. It is a slick ommission that leaves dullards like you to happily and wishfully..fill-in-the-blank and attributte the quote to the person that did not say it, but the author of the article wants you to think he did. The Elder Cojuanco made NO SUCH STATEMENT.

  3. Finally, we have choices beyond the three stooges that offer nothing much beyond…

    1. The “POE”gi points of a dead showbiz personality
    2. A perverted idea of “MAR”tyrdom and sacrifice
    3. “BINAY”aran ang taong bayan para botohin siya

    Choose wisely! Influence others to do the same. MOVE ON from torturing yourselves with your consistently failing political experiments. This is not a game or a show to entertain us.

    Choose candidates who can model and inspire the masses to become excellent.

    The sign of an excellent & intelligent leader is his/her command of the English language.

    English competency and poverty are mutually exclusive. We can stamp out poverty in the land if people only gobbled up English books (the storehouse of advanced thinking and technology) rather than waste their precious lives over worthless junk shows/programs.

    I am yet to see a poor tricycle driver reading a Tom Clancy novel while waiting in line for passengers.

    Poor/No English ==> Poverty. Again, choose excellent English-speaking candidates, and make this nation great again.

    Singapore COD (clean, orderly, disciplined) status in 30 years is still possible. Only choose wisely!

    -Common Sense for Pinoys party

      1. Thanks for the links.

        If that’s indeed the game plan of Duterte, I must concede (as the link says) – He’s a political genius.

    1. Hi Sir. Where did you get that idea po? Paki-check po sa Google ang dami ng English Speaking Japanese, Arabs, etc. Ang kailangan po ng Pilipinas ay inspiration for them to change their views in life. Kailangan po ng mga Pilipino ay isang lider na magpapabago sa pananaw ng isang tao tungkol sa kanyang sarili at sa kanyang lipunan. Halimbawa po sa sinabi nyo na instead na walang gawin ang isang tricycle driver habang naghihintay ng pasahero, he will make himself productive by reading English books. Hindi po ang pagkakatuto ng English lang ang makapaglilinang sa isang tao ng kanyang sarili. Sa mga taong gumagawa ng programa sa TV, kailangan sigurong tanungin nila sa kanilang mga sarili kung makaka-inspire ba ang programa sa kanilang mga taga-tangkilik. It is also about responsible of every Pilipino to everyone. Be a positive influencer. Thanks a lot.

      1. @Alberto Tibayan,
        The Japanese have brains & technology, the Arabs have oil. What do Pinoys have?

        Kung hindi natin pagiigihan ang pagbasa ng mga Ingles na libro, paano tayo matututo ng “microprocessor architecture” o kaya “automotive engineering CAD”? Meron ba tayong mga libro sa Tagalog? O gusto mo bang ubusin natin oras at lakas natin para isalin sa ating wika ang mga ito? (By the time you’re done, the book will already be obsolete.)

        As I mentioned, English books ==> they are the storehouse of advanced world-class thinking and technology.

        I am not saying English is the only thing you need to get out of poverty. But I am saying it’s a HUGE factor.

        Ever notice many of the excellent people in the Philippines who got out of poverty are those who can speak/write good English? There’s a correlation between the two. (Of course, there are a few exceptions to the rule.)

        Yes we need a leader who can awaken Filipinos. I believe a good leader does not only say what people ought to think and do, he/she must also MODEL it and INSPIRE others to follow suit.

        I don’t agree with everything Marcos Sr. did, but I do admire him for modeling to the entire country a class-A statesman who had command of English (the lingua franca). BBM somehow has some of that DNA – simply from observing how he answers and speaks in interviews.

        Anyway, my point is – we need a leader who can fix the mentality of Pinoys in allowing them to see where the treasure is ==> English books.

        Of course, the tricycle driver can go on staying poor watching Eat Bulaga and reading his favorite Tagalog sex-crime tabloid, if that’s his definition of happiness/success/contentment. It’s a free country. But don’t be surprised why 20 Pinoys = 1 Singaporean in terms productivity.

        For more discussion on this, you might want to see…


  4. THE KINGS OF JUDAH – the unbroken lineage starting from David and Solomon to their exile to Babylon:

    Rehoboam, bad mostly, 933-916 BC
    Abijah, bad mostly, 915-913 BC
    Asa, GOOD, 912-872 BC
    Jehoshaphat, GOOD, 874-850 BC
    Jehoram, bad, 850-843 BC
    Ahaziah, bad, 843 BC
    Athaliah, devilish, 843-837 BC
    Joash, good mostly, 843-803 BC
    Amaziah, good mostly, 803-775 BC
    Uzziah, GOOD mostly, 787-735 BC
    Jotham, GOOD, 749-734 BC
    Ahaz, wicked, 741-726 BC
    Hezekiah, THE BEST, 726-697 BC
    Manasseh, the worst, 697-642 BC
    Amon, the worst, 641-640 BC
    Josiah, THE BEST, 639-608 BC
    Jehoahaz, bad, 608 BC
    Jehoiakim, wicked, 608-597 BC
    Jehoiachin, bad, 597 BC
    Zedekiah, bad, 597-586 BC

    taken from:

    What’s the point? I trust you are intelligent enough to connect the dots and get it.

  5. For the poster I have always respected your view but this part

    “Thus it is hardly-surprising that the camp who are throwing the loudest tantrums over BBM’s rising viability as a candidate for higher office are the same ones who crown BS Aquino God’s Personal Appointee to Malacanang on the basis of birthright.”

    I am as anti-Marcos as anyone and I wasn’t pleased with Miriam picking BBM as her running mate. I am also not a fan of PNoy and always thought his presidential candidacy was nothing more than capitalizing on his mother’s passing.

    So it’s a misconception that to like one means you like the other.

    What I do care about is values and principals.

    My problem with BBM is not because his father is Ferdinand Marcos but because BBM still acknowledges his father as the “best president the country has ever had” and refuses to acknowledge the atrocities during his father’s administration.

    During Marcos’ presidency the country’s economy plummeted, over a hundred thousand human rights violations, corruption wherein the Marcos family stole billions of dollars from the country, created infrastructure projects paid for by loans and where a third of those funds were pocked by Marcos and his cronies and where tax payers are forced to pay of his debt until 2025.

    Again this is about Values, if BBM this those are results mean his father deserves to be known as the “best president” ever and never acknowledged or even sincerely apologized for all the wrongdoings during that 20 year period his father was president. He’s been making efforts in revising history to favor his father.

    It’s not a question about moving on from the past or not but rather BBM’s principles and values.

    Remember that old saying “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” And we are entrusting the future on someone who either forgot about the past or refuses to even acknowledge it?

    1. didn’t BBM also acknowledges that anything he says about his father FM will be biased? Why? because “he’s my father, and i love him! -BBM. Anybody who expects BBM to renounce his father in order to gain their trust is setting themselves up for big disappointment. Do not ask the son to betray his father. the only way he can do this is if he experienced abuse from FM and from the looks of it that was not the case.

    1. @ Andrew, and you do not even realize that the campaign slogan is a sly joke, hinting at MOVING ON, when in fact the country will be going backwards !!! to the Son of the Martial law Dictators MONEY !!!! Where did it all go? Who gets it when Imelda dies? Ask some questions that do not need answering and you will see: THEY ARE LAUGHING AT YOUR STUPIDITY!

      1. Nah our country is already run backwards. Look at what noybita and his oligarch mafias done to our country now. You’re obviously demonizing marcos too much because you’re a drama queen.

        1. @ Domo AKA ‘DUMBO’. Wrong again,the ‘demons’ are the politicians. Pnoy-tard is just doing what everyone else has been doing since 1965,at least.
          ‘Drama Queen’? Nope, wrong again. Marcos and all of the rest of them must be made to disappear, or the Fail-ippines continues to FAIL. U see, dumb-one, its simple as that, even a DUMBO like you MIGHT be able to figure it out.

      2. Eh, ayun eh. In reality they are still in Power! There are other factors that hasn’t even been considered. What you are saying can only be done by a Purge! You might as well have the Chinese nuke the Philippines instead of what you are hinting at. Because that will cause prolonging misery to the Filipino people. Call it stupidity or whatever insults you can think of. But its a fact that these people are too powerful and that we can’t even scratch them.

  6. Yes guys let’s just MOVE ON from all this blame game over the past.

    Aren’t you buying made-in-Japan “TOYOTA” or “HONDA” cars without demanding the Japanese of this generation to say “SORRY” for the atrocities of their fathers during WW2?

    Or are Filipinos simply a bunch of looser-mentality double-standard hypocrites?

    Ok, let’s now sing with Queen Elsa the Disney international anthem…

      1. Well of course Spiderman in a 4DX theater will definitely be way coooooler!

        If not for someone forcing me to learn to play “Let it go” on the piano, this wouldn’t be my type too.

  7. One thing I’m really proud of as Filipino is our People Power. We took down the dictator peacefully. I can’t imagine the horrors the Syrian refugees are going through. And for BBM not to acknowledge the abuses of his parents is a cruel mockery of the sacrifice of many ordinary Filipinos.
    I am not a PNoy or Binay Or Llamanarez supporter (so don’t even try).

    1. People Power is a sham. Wake up, man. It was a tool for the yellow oligarchs to depose the “evil” dictator and gain the power to make the Philippines their own hacienda, together with their cronies.

      Reality? Unemployment/underemployment, poverty, poor education, increase in OFWs… oh there is more…

    2. Nah you’re only being proud to be an absolute moron. After your so-called “revolution”, where is the change after marcos now? Your retarded pwesident is now the new marcos for passing the cybercrime law. Just admit that you failipinos are still in lust for revenge and not for justice because for buffoons like you, blood is thicker than water.

    3. The Reality behind “People Power”:

      The combined body odors of the 2 million people in EDSA was so terrible that Marcos had to step down from power to disperse them. Because if they stayed, their mixed “kili-kili powers” would have turned into a chemical weapon that would have killed millions of innocent people. So you see, Marcos stepped down not because he thought the Aquinos were right but because the crowd gathered in EDSA and their stench would have become the equivalent of a WMD.

  8. They didn’t call it an association fallacy for nothing.

    “Hitler ate sugar, therefore sugar is evil” would parallel well with the anti-Marcos sentiments over BBM. I’m not saying that I vouch for the younger Marcos, but zaxx has a point with Pinoys being filled to the brim with double-standards. They’ll take offence at the LGBT movement and birth control, yet they delight at seeing young women do the twerk like as if Miley Cyrus is some saint or role model.

    It’s understandable that the Marcos family did earn quite a stigma, from anime and video game fans who were driven to tears upon learning that their favourite pastimes were banned “for the moral good”, to those oppressed by Martial Law. But look at who’s competing with them in public office.

    1. You’re right. What is especially scary is that I myself have a lot in common with Der Fuhrer himself. We have similar interests and skills and I even have the same kind of bitterness he had. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m already evil like him.

  9. The Germans moved on while acknowledging and remembering their past. Maybe we can learn a thing or two from them, then apply what we learn to better ourselves and this country.

  10. I think that the majority of the Filipinos wants to have REVENGE more than actually achieving JUSTICE. We can’t just go and demand Bongbong to pay for what was done during Martial Law, there is a reason why courts exists.

    Hell, even the notorious Adolf Eichmann was subjected to trial by the Jews themselves.

    On another thought, why is it that only the Marcos family are pointed at when it comes to Martial Law, what about the former cronies of the late President Marcos who are still alive today like Lucio Tan, Danding Cojuangco, etc. Why don’t they point fingers and demand justice against these cronies.

    1. This. As Skull Face from Metal Gear Solid V quoted:

      “Such lust for REVENGE…”

      I mean, seriously, every Pinoy did that to everyone that they perceived as an “enemy”, w/o even giving a proper trial etc. Pinoys are too emotional at the point that they can be easily be fooled…

    2. Hell, if they think martial law is evil, why don’t those failipinos even give a damn about noybita’s incompetence towards the Filipino people that is as evil as martial law? Oh yeah, failipinos are retarded drama queens who can’t use their brains.

  11. How can the Filipino people move foward when they have nothing to look forward to except a continuing legacy of graft and corruption? So they (Filipinos) looked back to their past, for someone to blame, and got stuck in it.

    1. In my opinion, the Filipinos only look at history at its face value, they do not even attempt to see WHY these events happened in the first place and thus they don’t learn from the mistakes of the past both here in the Philippines and in the rest of the world.

    1. We must forgive, but not forget. To forget is like repeating the mistake all over again at some point in the future.

  12. mrericx,

    It is a matter of opinion. My opinion is the day-to-day living conditions of average Filipinos were better during martial law than today. Yes, everyone had to comply to the strict rules imposed by Marcos, but that is what our “unwieldy” people need: to be ruled with an “iron fist,”to get us to fall in line together as one nation, instead of being “every man for himself.”


    1. But the problem is, Filipinos tend to abuse anything, especially power.

      The Martial Law was good in its early days (my mom said that to me). But it went TOO long that Marcos refused to give up power, to the point he already committed a lot of atrocities in an effort to continuously cling to that precious power.

      1. goodluck bongbong marcos philippines people vote nicely big chance keep martial law history vote the best leader young peole tayo anf bukas hindi sya and nakaraan we smart

  13. This garbage of an article just proved that Get Real Philippines is just an irrelevant and non-consequential Marcos propagandist. GRP does not care for the people of the Philippines. It cares for the return of the reprehensible Marcoses to power.

    (I expect this post to be removed by the idiotic Marcos Loyalist Zombie Benign0; a typical ignorant sucker.)

    1. Sometimes I wonder if you’re just another communist troll.


    2. If someone here is garbage, it’s nothing but an EMO, pro-leftist, pro-Aquino trollfag yourself.

      (I expect this post to be removed by the idiotic farmer-murdering Magsasaka sa Nayon; a typical ignorant hypocritical trollfag) 😛

    3. There is no solution to the problems of Philippine politics, because it is made up of people who have a corrupt moral compass; and these people are Filipinos. Therefore, Filipinos are corrupt. It is pure common sense.

    4. Where is your proof that grp is a marcos propagandist? Is that all you can bitch you retarded failipino? grp does not care for the Philippines? Or is it failipinos like YOU who doesn’t give a damn on our country at all thanks to your dysfunctional mindset? Bumalik ka na sa kakatanim mo ng palay bobong magsasakang bintangero.

    5. I expect your comment to be banned online. FYI the Marcos’s are still in Power. Your garbage of an brain can’t comprehend anything but what the Yellows have posting.

        1. Lol grammar Police! Bakit ko kailangan tsekin ang Grammar ko para sayo. Filipino ako endi British. XD Please get yourself checked by a psychiatrist. Oh, ang post nato Pro – Marcos! Lol So? Na address lang ng Post tungkol kay Bong Bong Marcos nagwala ka na kaagad? Move on Brother! Patay na si Ferdinand Marcos. Anak niya yan na walang kinalaman sa mga Ginawa ng tatay niya. What? Maraming human rights violation nung Martial Law? Kaya ikulong si BBM at si Imelda? Lol nakasuhan si Imelda at endi na Convict.

          Porke nagbigay ng reasonableng punto ang post nato e bash mo kaagad. Aba endi mo lang kaya sikmurain and katotohanan. XD Mag mature ka na bro. Endi ka tatagal sa mundo kung Close minded ka masyado.

  14. I doubt BBM once in power will go seeking ways to siphon more wealth.

    The good thing about “already rich from the get-go” people in government, is that they don’t need anymore money. They will more likely focus on the common good.

    I would rather worry more about a “started poor” guy like Binay – trying to build up his cache of gold / dynasty.

    BBM – if ever he wins – will most likely try to work hard to redeem his family name (through intelligent leadership) – which the Yellow camp has worked hard to demolish for 30 years.

    Remember the chant “Sobra na, tama na, palitan na” when they were ousting Marcos Sr? I think it’s time to change who this should be addressed to.

    Good thing I wasn’t physically part of that “EDSA Revolution” back then. It is at least comforting to realize I wasn’t part of this country’s ruin.

  15. If Marcos is in power today and not PNoy, all of you Benigno, Grimwald, Ilda, etc will be rounded up and thrown in a prison cell in some military camps, perhaps tortured and raped, all just because of your blogs. Can you imagine the fear crawling up in your spine while being rounded by Marcos military? This is only one of the reasons why we say Never Again!That is why we dont reward the Marcoses by putting up another Marcos in the highest positions of the land. So dont be stupid!

    1. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son.” Not a good idea to keep using association fallacies all the time, it’s irrational.

      Martial law “horror stories,” some of them, tend to be exaggerated. My grandparents and relatives during that time also had misgivings about the Marcos regime but they didn’t disappear. No police force rappelled down from the rooftops to arrest family members, nothing of the sort happened.

    2. So in short you are saying “never again” for fear of being rounded up and thrown in prison by the dead Marcos?

      Okay, let’s wrap our head around that logic…….. then again, that is an idiotic logic.

      It’s like you are saying “1+1=2, therefore 2+2= (hey it must be)2”. Idiot.

    3. @Rommel Lee If Marcos is in power today and not PNoy, all of you Benigno, Grimwald, Ilda, etc will be rounded up and thrown in a prison cell in some military camps, perhaps tortured and raped, all just because of your blogs.

      You got it wrong pal -> Had Marcos been in power today and not PNoy, Benigno, Grimwald, Ilda,… will be his cabinet members and advisers.

      And I would be clapping my hands CLAP CLAP CLAP for a promising State that has a vision, a plan, and a future.

      Long live Davao and the Zaxxun Zones of Luzon* (for now). May you go forth and multiply.


    4. Sorry, son. But the “Never Again” slogan is not just overrated but it’s more like a stupid yet empty, stolen phrase. It means shit anyway in a country where people keep on voting for the same thieves and crooks over and over. Am I right?

      Oh yeah, you hated Singapore with a passion and that’s the reason why you keep on being EMO for things like this. Son, you’re the stupid one.

      So next time, say this:


    5. Yeah right like BBM will inherit his father’s so-called “evil” law. Actually, you failipinos are already abusing your freedom too much. Just admit the fact that you hate discipline kasi hanggang ngayon isip bata ka pa rin at proud pa rin. Look who’s stupid now?

    6. First, Bongbong is NOT his father. Oh, and by the way, try to visit Ilocos Norte and see for yourself what the Marcoses have done there. As for your fear, have you read the Constitution? Do you know the functions of the Vice President?

      Being stuck in the past is like someone who cannot get over their ex, depressed and sad.

      Critics of BBM keep saying that never forget the abuses during Martial Law, but what about the Lumad killings that are happening in the present? Instead on focusing on the past, we should focus on the NOW and on the FUTURE.

      For me, Genocide is the most unforgivable of all crimes, and Filipinos turn a BLIND EYE on the situation regarding the Lumads. Why? Since when did the Lumads stopped being Filipinos? As far as I remember, they are still Filipinos.

      We should give more focus on our present and in our future, since we are not the only ones affected by our decisions, but the ones we will leave behind. Think about them, give them a better Philippines.

  16. My take on the issue is that martial law, to many, is a part of our past that we cannot just forget and conveniently set aside because some exciting and young personalities happen to titillate and impresses us with their political wit and savviness.

    The ‘never again’ crowd has the right to oppose BBM by attaching him to the abuses and waste committed under his father’s watch. He is a Marcos hence he is fair game. Is it fair or just? Of course not but that’s what politics is. Bongbong Marcos will be the one to admit that those things comes with the territory.

    Just like Noynoy Aquino, although in a somewhat reverse scenario, Bongbong, too, has to confront the looming past of his parents that is now hovering above his political life. In Noynoy, right or wrong, there was this perception that he would be a better version of his mother in terms of leadership. That Cory was just a necessity at the time to be able to have someone replace the ousted dictator. She was not really in Malacanang for her leadership prowess. That and the fact that the country has just been enmeshed with a slew of corruption cases that ousted one corrupt leader and indicted another and rendered the population reeling from it. From plunder to election rigging to grease money passing around and more acts of corruption was the existing situation when Noynoy entered the race for Malacanang. He was a breath of fresh air for most people that his supporters took advantage of to present him as the best alternative at the time. Of course there are also issues against him regarding his parents and his filial background, his leadership capability, so on and so forth but luckily for him things worked out in his favor. Noynoy was not escaping the past. He, in fact, rode and reminisced it to camouflage whatever weak qualities he has and exploit the myth about the Cory magic, the Ninoy legacy, etc. Again, not fair nor just but just politics.

    Now, it’s Bongbong’s turn to do the same in reverse. Unlike PNoy, BBM has a lot of baggage to carry around mostly not of his. He is being attack and criticize not only because he is a Marcos but because he is a ‘Ferdinand’. Junior has to carry the weight of the Senior. That’s how they go in politics. While it is not an ideal start for most, for Bongbong it’s should be welcomed as a great challenge because he already has the name, though a baggage in itself, to justify and prove his critics wrong. While “Cory’s appeal and Ninoy’s heroism” made it easier for Noynoy, BBM has to overcome the hurdles that automatically comes as a progeny of Ferdinand Sr.

    Methinks that, ugly as it is, BBM is in a better position than Noynoy because he really has to fight and prove himself without the protection of his parents past. He has the opportunity to be seen as ‘the man’ who is out to prove that he can instead of a boy that merely benefitted from the works of his parents and the goodwill, imagined or real, that comes with it.

    1. regalo yan ng mga royal families na binisita nya. Kaya nga pang royal ang level ng mga alahas na yan. Imposible magkaroon si Imelda nyan, pwera na lang kung binigay sa kanya.

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