Conversations: Revisiting Martial Law
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.
Today the role of the PAGASA in the EDSA revolution is almost forgotten among those alive at the time and virtually unknown among younger generations of employees, much less the general public. To begin with the loyalist government soldiers clashed with the rebel Reform the Army Movement (RAM) and between them were the PAGASA employees who in an accident of history, were forced to do their duty to their country as they saw best.
To the Marcos regime is attributed some 900 massacres,perpetrated by military and paramilitary forces, primarily to instill fear on communities or groups raising a voice of protest against certain issues or policies, or against the regime’s growing abuses.
Student activists, labor organizers, artists and cultural workers, a church social worker and organizer, a people’s lawyer, and a group of five farmers and fishermen: all of them will be honored on Saturday, Bonifacio Day, their names etched on the black granite Wall of Remembrance at Bantayog ng mga Bayani grounds in Quezon City.