Perhaps the young generation of Filipinos has to earnestly sit down and take time reading history books about the twenty years rule of the Marcos regime that ended with the dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. and his family being run after and ousted from the country by its angry citizens.
Using the internet will make it even more fulfilling, interesting, compelling and appreciating because of the many articles written and compiled during the Marcos years that started with great promise, but unfortunately finished leaving many Filipinos in misery and the country plundered.
I am recommending that the review of the past and dark Marcos regime be done because the son, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who is bent on following his father’s footsteps by eyeing the highest office of the land, seems to be taking advantage of the existence of the younger generation by making them believe that the imposition of Martial Law, which led to two decades of widespread and brutal rule and where critics and political opponents were either jailed, abducted or killed by his minions, was justifiable and that there is nothing to apologize about.
Well, if Bongbong’s mother, Imelda, who is now an Ilocos Norte congresswoman and a living testament of the abuses and atrocities of her husband, has not apologized for what is better (bitter?) known as their conjugal dictatorship, who is the son to express remorse?
What is even more repulsive and insulting about being unapologetic is the fact that, because the family is back in power politically and has clout, they seem to presume that it was a grave mistake sending them to exile and that it was the Filipino people who should atone for that misjudgment.
Bongbong was quoted saying: “But will I say sorry for the thousands and thousands of kilometers that were built (during my father’s time)? Will I say sorry for the agricultural policy that brought us to self-sufficiency in rice? Will I say sorry for the power generation? Will I say sorry for the highest literacy rate in Asia? What (am I) to say sorry about?”
Yes, these are noble accomplishments for the country and its people, but what good did it bring at the end when the very people the former president turned dictator was sworn to serve and protect were persecuted and tyrannized?
It is for this reason that the young Marcos is waging nothing more evident than a political psywar to influence the thinking, belief and emotions of the youth who are far detached from the years of how martial law impacted on the earlier generation of Filipinos.
In fact, the way I look at it is that the Marcoses are in government today not exactly to serve the people, but more to immortalize the deeds of their disgraced father and try to regain what they perceived as the dictator’s past glory so they could give him back his good name and accord him a hero’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
This of course, and without doubt, being able also to retrieve the wealth in different manner, shape and form they were hounded for and taken away from them by government with the help of the world community.