Let not the fairy tale persist PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 11:47



It is Sunday, September 21, 2014 as I write this. Those who do not attach any significance to this date may be like me, a septuagenarian member of the demographic group whose memory is no longer as sharp as it should be. Or the reader may in fact be too young to realize the importance of the date – September 21, 1972- as it relates to the history and life of our country and its people.

I remember the morning of September 21, 1972. I was in the market doing my weekly marketing chore for the family when my suki butcher said “Ma’am, yang declare gali si Marcos martial  law inantes.”  Martial law was the topic of conversation for the next several days although most of the conversation was done sotto voce and only with people we knew well. For most people, including myself and my family, life went on as usual even if we had to be constantly aware of the midnight to dawn curfew.  But we heard through the grapevine of people we knew who were “detained”. And the common threat was “ Huwag kang magreclamo, baka ma-Crame ka.”

Now we read of testimonies of people who actually suffered  under the martial law regime of Ferdinand Marcos – people who were tortured, people who “disappeared”, people who had to go  on exile.

The irony of this, 42 years later, is that what happened during the martial law years  has been disavowed by the Marcos family members themselves, the cronies, and all those fawning members of our society who suffer from   pathogenic  memory loss.

When Imee Marcos was told that the Marcos family should apologize to the nation, I remember her reply was “We will apologize if you tell us what for.”  Of course, if she has to be told what for, then there is no point in asking for an apology.

It is said that we ought not to  “visit the sins of the father upon the son” . I agree. But should we  encourage  that son to aspire to be president of the country as Ferdinand Jr. is said to do?  It is also said that  the “one and only Imelda” includes in her bucket list the desire to go back to Malacanang before  she moves on to the wide blue yonder. We really will be a stupid people if we let these things happen as a matter of course.

I am not in support of vengeance. I am not for calling down the wrath of heaven on the Marcoses. But neither  should we be patsies and let the family continue to delude the country with their pipe dream that Ferdinand Marcos brought our country to its highest glorious level. The latest claim of the Madam is that  Ferdinand Marcos “saved democracy in the Philippines.” Really now.

My concern is that, as it has been said, if we do not know our history we are bound to repeat the same mistakes. In 2010 the median age for the Philippines was 23.4, which means that half of the population is younger that 23.4 years old. Unless consciously taught these young Filipinos will have very little connection to what Ferdinand Marcos did to our country.  And we should not let that be.