Much has been said about the televised cozy chat between the ousted dictator’s son and namesake Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on the eve of the 46th anniversary of Martial Law, which was for all intents and purposes a ploy to rewrite the brutal notes of history to sooth the ears of the Marcos heirs and those of the millennials, whom they think are clueless, and, thus, sympathetic to their plight.
So, who would be Bongbong’s preferred guest but the maestro himself, Enrile, then the Defense minister, who orchestrated and implemented the now infamous Proclamation 1081, starting with his own egregious claim that an attempt was made to assassinate him.
Whichever way one looks at the interview, however, it was a dud because no matter how Enrile distorted events at will to please the young interviewer, the dark years of the Marcos regime has been etched in stone and firmly established in the annals of Philippine history.
What made the tete-a-tete even more absurd and distasteful, to say the least, is that at his dotage Enrile allowed himself to be used even as history considers him, along with Fidel Ramos, then director of both the Philippine Constabulary (PC) and Philippine Integrated Police (PIP), a hero of the EDSA Revolution that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.
Perhaps Marcos, the interviewer, succeeded in having Enrile spill the beams the way he wanted it to hear, but no one can deny that it was all staged at the expense of those still feeling the atrocities committed by the despot Marcos and those still yearning to see the “disaparecidos” – the missing ones.
We are fortunate that to this day we still have in our midst victims and patriots in their own rights whose lucidity can’t yet be questioned like former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr., former senator Rene Saguisag, and former senator Heherson Alvarez, among others, who not only vehemently deny but has the courage to denounce the untruthful utterances of Enrile. They also represent the muted voices of the poor and deeply aggrieved Filipinos.
Those of us who have experienced, one way or another, the anxiety and fear of the martial law years will continue to speak adversely about it with conviction and go on denouncing the unrepentant Marcos heirs who are now back in their glory days.
To the millennials who still find themselves in dilemma as to what the truth really is before, during and after martial law in the country, do not listen to interviews conducted by the Marcoses themselves for it is not only self-serving but more than anything it is an affront to your intelligence.
Read authentic Philippine history or any reliable source about the Marcos regime. That is all there is to it.