The millennial generation of Filipinos have helped in what 5-10 years ago would have seemed as an impossible PR turnaround by Senator Bongbong Marcos, son of the late “dictator” Ferdinand E. Marcos. The only son of the late president is running for vice president, and several groups have protested what they say is an attempt of the Marcos family to return to the presidency. Perhaps they see it that way because Jejomar Binay might be impeached, Grace Poe might be disqualified, while Miriam Santiago and Rodrigo Duterte have health issues.
But, what’s worse is that they have blamed the millennial generation for being “uninformed” or “misinformed” about martial law. Some would even go as far as to insult the millennials who support Bongbong Marcos for being ignorant. But, to be fair, the millennial generation has as much right to insult the present ruling generation.
|SUPPORT INDEPENDENT SOCIAL COMMENTARY!|
Subscribe to our Substack community GRP Insider to receive by email our in-depth free weekly newsletter. Opt into a paid subscription and you'll get premium insider briefs and insights from us daily.
Subscribe to our Substack newsletter, GRP Insider!
The older generation has created the present circumstances in the Philippines (although to be fair, they aren’t 100% to blame). This is why they like to criticize young people today for being too attached to gadgets, for being too focused on their romantic lives, for being undisciplined, for talking back, among other things. Now, they’re criticizing the younger generation for being “caught up in the Marcos propaganda.”
Younger generations have actually had a disillusionment from the system put into place by Corazon Aquino which is now being upheld by her unico hijo, President BS Aquino. Perhaps that is the good thing that has come out of BS Aquino’s failures, that Filipinos finally realize the failure of the system put into place in 1986. Once again, to be fair, some members of the older generation have begun to realize the Aquino blunders and the unsuccessful system that has ruled the Philippines.
So, we have older people particularly the martial law “victims” telling younger people how bad the martial law days were. But, have they been able to show how life today is better? It’s pretty ironic coming from the generation which totally destabilized the country. The generation which criticizes the millennials for not being informed about martial law is the same generation which shook up the foundation of this nation in the 1970s with their radical left movements.
Why then should the present generation attack the younger generations who have only grown dissatisfied with the present generation’s output? In fact, it is actually good that the young people have learned to question the propaganda that has been fed to them. It is good that the younger generations, stripped of bias because they had neither good or bad martial law experiences, is starting to look at history objectively, and at a candidate’s qualifications based on platform and achievements.
In the end, we might be catching up with Mao Zedong, who initiated the Chinese Cultural Revolution in 1966. Mao rallied the support of the youth in China during that time and made a radical move to remove whatever remained of “Old China.” Young people were told and even encouraged to talk back to their parents and question the teachings of the past generations. The only thing is, Mao had to make them do so in order to perpetuate himself in power. In the Philippines’ case, the movement is a product of dissatisfaction with failed government policies, widespread corruption, deception, and nepotism.
In our case, the young people are finally starting to reject the false “spirit of EDSA” and all the yellow propaganda and teachings that have been forced down the nation’s throat for the last 30 years. The Philippines, after all, might learn a few things from its regional rival.