Monday, 24 September 2012 13:46
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God…” (Romans 15:7, the Holy Bible).
MARTIAL LAW, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN: Mainstream media have been putting out their own versions of September 21, 1972, the date President Marcos placed the entire country under martial law. As I did in the past, I am reproducing once again what Marcos’ namesake and only son, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., had been writing about the event, so our people can also read the other side of the coin, as it were.
The “other side of the coin” can be seen from the first part of an article that came out in the Facebook account named “Ferdinand `Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. for President 2016 (BBM 2016)” last September 21, 2012, and it says: “It's this time of the year that I am asked the same questions so I've decided to post what are answers to those questions I've been asked repeatedly year after year as if the things that happened in the past can still change.
“Anyway, to my friends here in FB, I will oblige you with what I hope is a comprehensive personal recollection and personal point of view of martial law from where we stand today.
BONGBONG MARCOS AND MARTIAL LAW: “Firstly: though I may have been a precocious 15 year old, I would be lying if I told you I was consulted on the planning and eventual declaration of martial law. I had just turned 15 years of age and was pursuing my studies in the UK when I received a call from our Ambassador to the Court of St. James, Mr. Jaime Zobel, who broke the news to me that martial law had been declared. So much for having been consulted on it.
“There are people still alive today that played major roles during the martial law period, from both the opposition (to martial law) and officials of the martial law government as well as officers in the military at that time. They, perhaps, would be in a better position to explain martial law, from their points of view at least.
“As a teenager in the early 70's, I was aware of the lawlessness that prevailed, the proliferation of fire-arms in the country, the violent street demonstrations, the bombings, and mounting criminality; but the primary reason martial law was declared, if my understanding is correct, was the imminent danger posed to the state by the twin insurgencies waged by the armed communists and the secessionists in the south, both receiving external support from their respective benefactor countries.
PEOPLE WERE THANKFUL FOR MARTIAL LAW: “The problem of the communist insurgency was not exclusive to our country. It was the same in other third world countries and had been proliferating worldwide with the active backing of the USSR and Communist China.
“Of course, my father was always one to comment on current events and history and the conversations I had with him cumulatively over the years, gave me a more complete, if not complex, picture of the context in which martial law was declared.
“On a more personal level, I remember people saying how thankful they were for the relative peace and order that followed martial law; the positive image of the Philippines worldwide; the emergence of a tourism industry; the cleaner streets; the dismantling of private armies of oppressive local politicians; the containment of price fluctuations of basic commodities through Kadiwa and strict implementation of price ceilings; self sufficiency in rice; world leader in geo-thermal energy, and a semblance of discipline never before seen among the populace, just to name a few…”
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