On its 40th anniversary, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos appealed for the public to put some “perspective” in what he said was a “one-sided commemoration of Martial Law anniversary.”
“On a more personal level, I remember people saying how thankful they were for the relative peace and order that followed Martial law,” Marcos said.
In his Facebook status posted early Friday morning, Marcos said Martial law brought back PH’s positive image worldwide, which revived the tourism industry in the 70s.
He claimed Martial Law dismantled private armies, contained price fluctuations due to price ceilings, and even established rice self-sufficiency.
“I mention these to give some balance to the one-sided version that has been spewed out by the few that control media over the last couple of decades as can be seen up to this day,” Marcos clarified.
“Most of what we hear today are self-serving statements by politicians, self-aggrandizement narratives, pompous declarations, and political posturing and propaganda,” he added.
Marcos also cited World Bank figures, which that the Philippines’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rate stood at 8.9 percent in 1973 before taking a dip to below 5 percent as a result of the oil embargo in 1974.
He took note that the same figures show a negative growth in 1984 in the wake of his father’s rival, the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. ‘s assassination in August of 1983.
Pointing he was never consulted on the matter, Marcos recalled he was only 15 years old studying in United Kingdom when he learned about Martial Law.
But the senator clarified he was already aware of the prevailing lawlessness, fire-arms proliferation in the country, violent demonstrations, bombings, and spiking crime rate.
Marcos still refused to join the blame game, but instead eyes solutions to problems still hounding the country.
“Blaming others and finding scapegoats are not solutions to poverty, rising prices, criminality, the insurgency, and so on. And too much politics leaves no room for leadership,” Marcos said.
Meanwhile, the Commission on Human Rights stressed the importance of remembering Martial Law in the face of attempts “to rewrite that dark period in our history to portray it as the best thing that ever happened to the Philippines.”
Original Story: Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom – Fri, Sept 21, 2012
So what then, is Senator Marcos saying? He is saying the obvious. It is time for the Philippines (and her people) to stop living in the past. For over 28+ years now, you have all been acting as though it happened yesterday. You listen to what the media has been telling you. Or the one-sided history lessons you all received in school.
Why not talk to your Parents and/or Grand-Parents? Find out what they have to say from a personal level. They can be a great source of information, as well as the truth.
And please… DO NOT accept something like “Well, I heard this. Or someone told me…”
Ask them what it was like for them personally. What was President Marcos like? Were they living in fear? Did people disappear left-and-right? Was the military on every street corner? Etc. From my personal experience… They do want to talk about it.