Look who is calling the kettle black?
By God, every time Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, opens his mouth chastising somebody over improprieties committed, especially when it comes to lives of people, I can’t just seem to keep my own mouth shut and pretend not to hear it or read about it.
His words do not only leave a bad taste in the mouths of those who have known who the Marcoses are, but, in my case, my body also shudders for the gall that he has and the pretense he exhibits as if he is unaware of the barbarous treatment the Filipino people suffered under the martial law regime of his father.
Again this is a classic case of the saying, “When you point one finger, there are three fingers pointing back to you.” The bible had a version of this wisdom when Jesus said, “Don’t focus on the speck in your brother’s eye while ignoring the log in your own eye.” And when unfair lectures are flying, like the one given by Marcos Jr., we all need to hear the voice of reason that says, “Look in the mirror, bro. You might just be talking about yourself.”
Marcos Jr.’s lecture came in the heels of ground and air attack unleashed by the Malaysian forces upon the soldiers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III occupying an area in Lahud Datu, Sabah.
The senator was reported as saying, “We, as a republic, have a claim over Sabah since the 1960’s, we have historical claim over Sabah and that’s a fact. But whatever else the issue there may be, the Sultan of Sulu and his people are Filipino citizens and, by virtue of that fact, they deserve protection from the government of the Philippines.”
He went on saying, among other things, that “First and foremost, it’s the responsibility of the government to protect its citizens.”
I don’t think President Benigno Aquino neglected, even for a moment, the safety and well being of the disgruntled Sulu sultan and his people, who are, first and foremost, also Filipinos.
This was an invasion covertly planned by this sect or cult, if you may, on a sovereign island, yet despite its disregard and disrespect of the Aquino government, they were advised to desist from pursuing their adventurism because of its deadly consequences if they went on with it. This was done to save lives, and for that matter a ship was sent to fetch them – but to no avail.
But, that is neither here nor there.
On their own, the sultan’s ill-conceived plans was at its best, a losing proposition, and at its worst, a declaration of war.
And war it had to be.
But, my point is simply this: What is happening in Sabah now could not be compared with the killings that happened during the dark days of martial law under the Marcos regime.
In Sabah, it is the Malaysians against the Filipinos.
During the martial law regime, it was Ferdinand Marcos Sr., a true blue Filipino, and his minions fighting and killing its own people.
I have said this many a times before and I am going to say it here again that Sen. Marcos should be doing himself and the country a favor if he would just keep his mouth shut instead of blurting out comments that would just boomerang on the beastly acts of his father.
The kettle definitely is far from having the ebony appearance of the pot.