Indeed, those who lived through it live to tell about it. Those who died, well, aren’t really in a position to say much today. All they really have are those who presume to speak for the dead. It is therefore no surprise that the presumptive “leaders” of the Opposition, the so-called Liberal Party (better known as the Yellowtards) have the most to say about Martial Law’s dead “victims”.
These are, after all, a clique of partisans that are adherents of the
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Filipino Necropoliticians, like their backers in the Catholic Church successfully spun an entire narrative around the death of Ninoy Aquino much the same way as the Catholic Church did around the death of Jesus Christ two millenia ago. In the course of building, propagating, and embedding this narrative, they had taken huge liberties around speaking for the dead and crafting blurb about what the “meaning” of this death supposedly is — that Ninoy “died for the Filipino” and that his death saved the Philippines. Sounds familiar, right? That’s because the Yellowtards hit upon a successful mass hypnosis formula the Roman Catholic Church shrewdly turned into its trillion dollar fortune today.
This is what made the Yellowtard force such a sticky and untouchable cult (until now) — because Filipinos have a pathological fear of examining the life of the dead with a critical mind. As long as one is six feet under, one is essentially immune from criticism by the living. In short, the Yellowtards’ advancement of their Church of Necropolitics was a well-executed emotional blackmail of an entire nation. They advanced the dogma agressively and crushed anyone who dared ask confronting questions about who Ninoy Aquino really was under the weight of superstition and Yellow mythology.
The same tactic is being used in the Martial Law narrative they continue to prop up today. Martial Law “victims” are sacred cows. No “decent” Filipino sipping brewed coffee in a five-star hotel lobby with their tita amigas would dare question why they ended up dead to begin with. Yet the evidence that tens of millions of Filipinos — an enormous majority that dwarfs the number of “victims” and makes them fit to be no more than a research paper footnote — led entirely normal and often productive lives under the “Martial Law Regime” is a matter of hard statistics. The Martial Law “victims” are no more as statistically significant as other victims of mass murder or manslaughter under other administrations (including the current one as some allege).
As such, one would question why the Yellowtards single out Martial Law “victims” as the preferred set of stiffs they rally their “cause” around. Why not the Maguindanao massacre victims? Why not the 44 police officers massacred in Mamasapano? Both of these two have victims whose deaths could be directly traced to a single perpetrator. There are bigger preventable deaths involving thousands of truly innocent victims — the tens of thousands killed in maritime “accidents”, for example. Why aren’t the shipping magnates under whose watch decrepit ships ferried these souls went on with impunity in prison?
It seems the Yellowtards are the only Filipinos granted license to disrespect the dead as is evident in an “activist” cause to have the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos dug up from the Libingan ng mga Bayani. One can only imagine if the most rabid of them actually did get their hands on these remains. They’d probably drag them all over Manila’s streets in triumph. That’s the sort of class act one could resasonably expect of these zealots.
It is high time Filipinos question this bizarre fixation on the Martial Law “victims”. Were these “victims” truly as innocent as the thousands of Filipinos who met watery graves thanks to the criminal negligence of Sulpicio Lines, for example? These are the sorts of hard questions Filipinos should be asking the Yellowtards. More importantly, this is what should fuel the larger Philippine Opposition’s evaluation of how effective their Yellowtard leadership really is. The reality that these obsolete narratives and slogans have become a fatal liability to an Opposition facing a popular president who is evidently immune to the emotional blackmail of the Yellowtards should be faced and dealt with decisively. Time is running out. The mid-term elections are just around the corner and, following that, the next presidential elections is becoming an inescapable relevance. Time to ditch the Yellowtards and their idiotic narrative, for good.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.