Conversations: Revisiting Martial Law
The current craze over K-pop and K-drama might make us forget the fact that, as with the Philippines, Korea went through dictatorship and had its share of political prisoners. Read below how young and courageous students fought against maltreatment at the Sudaimoon prison in Seoul in 1981. Click the image below to read the Read more about The toilet bucket battle at Sudaimoon Prison, Seoul[…]
The martyrs and heroes we honor each year at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani are silent witnesses of a past generation that faced a dictatorship and contributed its best sons and daughters in the struggle to defeat such a regime.
Painting Repression is a montage of paintings by various artists giving an overview of PH history traversing the Marcos dictatorship.
Why does there have to be an “enemy?” The retired military officer who asked this question went on to write a book detailing his insights on the government’s Red scare campaign in the 1950s.
Certain important documents went missing at a Los Angeles conference in 1975 organized by anti-Marcos Fil-Ams and Filipinos in America.
This iconic 128-page little book, published in 1976 by the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines, destroyed the benevolent image that the dictator Ferdinand Marcos had sought to paint about his rule.
“DOMINGO-VIERNES. The family and friends of these two assassinated Fil-ams never rested their case. They succeeded in proving, step by step, detail by detail, that the Marcos regime was the mastermind in the killing. I post this today because, over my breakfast table, I read again of another dastardly, cowardly killing of a supporter of Read more about Never rest your case[…]
Our Bantayog heroes teach us a powerful lesson they had paid for with their lives, that Filipinos will fight for their freedom. If we still do not get this, if we let this oppressive law operate, if we let our heroes be called “terrorists,” if we do not jealously guard our rights as citizens, I fear we are headed towards another dark period in our history.
Today, the challenge is for the youth of this nation, beset by the worsening problems of poverty, corruption and criminality, to consecrate their lives to a cause bigger than themselves, to ”dream the impossible dream” and “reach the unreachable star.”
We pray that President Duterte and our lawmakers understand this history’s most precious lesson — A law is bound to fail if it plants fear instead of confidence and sows terror instead of trust among its citizens.