I had been very critical of this despicable branch of the Marcos family, who after being booted out of the country for the monstrosities and plunder committed during the dark years of the Martial Law, they were made to come back without any trace of remorse on their part.
Thinking and believing perhaps that they were humbled by their grim experience to have been expelled and considered persona non grata in their own country people welcomed them as having learned their lesson of humility.
Little did we know that as soon as the despot’s family set foot and settled at their bailiwick in Ilocos Norte they were already plotting their political comeback.
Immediately they got back their political bearings controlling once again the Ilocos region with their money, clout and influence.
Not long after the matriarch, Imelda, and the despot’s son and namesake, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, were strutting like peacocks in the halls of Congress when they were elected Congresswoman and Senator, respectively.
One could see that the Marcoses never learned from the EDSA revolution. On the contrary, they belittled it for now they have started gaining followers and supporters as they were back in power and popularity.
Marcos Jr’s popularity, especially among the youth, prodded him to run for the vice presidency in 2016 thinking that he would easily capture it.
He nearly did, but Divine Providence has its way of derailing his arrogance and rotten ambition and Leni Robredo got elected vice president, though Marcos Jr is contesting her winning to this day.
I say rotten because during Marcos Jr’s campaign sorties he has been convincing people how good a president his father was and never apologized for the wrongs his father did to the millions of Filipinos during the dark years of his regime. In fact he was saying that he was to resurrect the programs of his despot father if and when he wins.
While this was short of saying that his father was a hero, all these pronouncements about the good deeds of his father was preparing the minds of the people to recognize and accept that his father deserves to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).
Marcos Jr may not have won the vice presidency, thank goodness, but unfortunately a beholden President Rodrigo Duterte has taken the cudgels for the Marcoses and pushed for the burial of the dictator at the LNMB.
It was bad enough that the Supreme Court en banc sided with Duterte, but what made it worst is when the Marcoses hoodwinked and pulled a fast one on the people by burying surreptitiously the remains of the dictator at the LNMB (https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2016/11/18/marcos-secret-burial-provoked-sensitivities-of-filipinos/).
What is heartening, however, is that protests about the secret burial at the LNMB is being done all over the country and participated mostly by the young people or whom we aptly call now as the millennials.
What more can we, the old folks, ask for now that the younger generation are more involved and are more sympathetic to the feelings of the older generations.
The Black Friday movement that has awaken and mobilize the youth should be a movement repudiating the Marcoses, any of the Marcoses, now and until they all learn to apologize the atrocities committed by their despot father to many Filipinos who are still longing to see their love ones.
(Please click this link for more substantive information on the subject: http://interaksyon.com/article/134617/fm-burial–former-con-con-delegates-condemn-shameless-treachery.)