Young historians debate FM’s true legacy PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 September 2017 13:42




LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands…” (Acts 17:26, the Holy Bible).


YOUNG HISTORIANS DEBATE FM’S TRUE LEGACY: I am not fond of regularly reading Facebook posts but, the other day, I chanced upon the post of Luis Zuriel P. Domingo, a nephew-in-law of mine (he is the son of Don Carlo Domingo, the brother of my wife, former Judge Angelina Domingo Mauricio, and Gail Parial Domingo, of the Manila Regional Trial Court).

His piece was presented as simply as possible, yet I was moved to share what he wrote on the occasion of the 100th birthday of President Marcos. Zuriel, by the way, graduated valedictorian and summa cum laude in Philippine history, not too long ago, from the University of Sto. Tomas, and is now taking up further studies for a master’s degree from the same school.

Still single up to now although he must be only about 22 or so years old, he writes sense, as shown by the following: “Sad, that Filipinos blame the misfortunes of the past ONLY to President Marcos…


“FILIPINOS SHOULD LEARN CRITICAL THINKING”: “Let’s not forget how President Roxas betrayed the Filipino people through the passage of the Parity Rights and the Military bases agreement; President Quirino whose administration has the biggest controversy of graft and corruption…

“… President Magsaysay won the 1953 national elections thanks to the participation of the Central Intelligence Agency; President Cory Aquino who neglected to answer the problems of the country (poverty and economic dependency to US) for the restoration of ‘democracy’ and the oligarchs…

“I still hope for the Filipino people to be critical in dealing with the events of the past and with the best ability to recognize both the desirable and undesirable deeds of every President/administration…”


JUSTIFICATIONS FOR BEHAVIORS OF PAST PRESIDENTS OF RP: Shawn Paul Traballo, apparently a Facebook friend of Zuriel, wrote this reaction: “ Let me point out my stance regarding this statement for academic sake. Let me point out that everybody is entitled to their own opinions. Even the side of Pro-Marcos could have done the same thing to favour their own suppositions about late President F. Marcos.

“On the other hand, I also want to argue that even though President Roxas may have betrayed the nation by passing the Parity Rights, General Relations, Military Assistance Agreement and even the Military Bases Agreement, we cannot entirely blame him for these things, because there is no other choice to do so.

“I even remember when Dr. Resos is lecturing about this during our Diplomatic History class, and he mentioned that these things were for the sake of the massive reparation of the Philippines from the WW2 atrocities, especially the need to borrow money to make this happen. I could’ve done the same thing too. But of course, I invoke my right to academic expression, and I therefore respect your call for critical thinking for all these political issues…”


“THERE IS ALWAYS A CHOICE”: Migz Jimenez, one the other hand, retorted, in reference to Traballo’s “There is no choice”: “Actually they have. Ethically and philosophically speaking, there is always a choice. They just wanted the easy way out. Even the nationalists will agree on this…”