The original anti-Marcos movements were nothing like that of the supposedly peaceful and prayerful “millennials” that make up today’s crop of Martial Law Crybaby activists. The originals seem to have been more of terrorists and involved, among other things, Filipino-Americans allegedly engaged in activities illegal under United States law — conspiring to launch private armies against the Philippine government from US soil, transport of explosives across state lines, and trafficking these to the Philippines. In the Philippines, these explosives were allegedly used for a spate of bombing attacks that rocked Manila in 1980.
No less than Ester Jimenez, mother of the Yellow Camp’s chief celebrity cheerleader Jim Paredes was reportedly a member of the Light a Fire Movement, one of the groups suspected to be involved in instigating these acts of terror. It did not take long before the law caught up with them…
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Later, the core group of the Light-A-Fire Movement was arrested while meeting in Quezon City. Among them were businessman Eduardo Olaguer, Asia Institute of Management professor Gaston Ortigas and the 60-year-old Ester Jimenez, mother of Jim and Ducky Paredes. They were all convicted and sentenced to die by electric chair in 1984.
The bomb blasts were deadly and were clearly meant to kill people as much as destroy high profile targets. One bomb exploded in Rustan’s department store in Makati killing one American tourist. Another exploded at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) while then President Ferdinand Marcos was in the building.
Indeed, in light of these acts of terrorism, the outrage expressed by today’s Martial Law Crybabies over the arrest and detention of dissidents by Marcos’s government is quite baffling. Surely there is ample reason for any government to mount an aggressive operation to round up troublemakers when bombs explode randomly all over the capital city — specially one meant to terrorise the president himself. As a nation under martial law, Philippine government agents will have naturally acted and executed their orders within the framework of the extraordinary powers afforded them by that state.
The Martial Law Crybabies have to do a bit better arguing as to why rounding up dissidents during those troubled years would constitute such an outrage. More importantly, they should first take stock of the terrorist heritage of their own movements.
The appalling behaviour of Yellow celebrity activist Jim Paredes during the recently-concluded commemoration of the EDSA “people power revolution” on the occasion of its 31st anniversary made waves. Many observers have long been aware of the historical motivation behind the extremist zealotry of Paredes’s anti-Marcos and pro-Aquino activism. Unlike the non-violent stance that characterises the EDSA “spirit”, Paredes’s style mirrors more the angry and violent belligerence of his mother’s movement in the 1970s and 1980s.
Jim Paredes, as Ilda wrote in her piece, “ruined the spirit”. More to the point, Get Real Post author Chino wrote in his piece The Light-A-Fire Movement was not Heroic how this original anti-Marcos effort is stained in blood…
People would complain about impunity and lack of responsibility and accountability among Filipinos, and that in Philippine society, the wrongdoers are rewarded instead of punished. The Light-A-Fire Movement seems to fit this. They apparently never paid for the American life they took or the people they injured.
…and, with that hypocritical blood, Jim Paredes stains today’s hip anti-Marcos “millennials” and the Yellow and blue-and-whte camps (and campuses) from which many of them hail.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.