Aquino: Marcos rule no golden age

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THE JUMP President Benigno Aquino 3rd (right) joins former President Fidel Ramos and Bobby Aquino, son of former senator Butch Aquino, for the “signature” EDSA jump during the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the people power revolution. PHOTO BY MIKE DE LEON

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd (right) joins former President Fidel Ramos and Bobby Aquino, son of former senator Butch Aquino, for the “signature” EDSA jump during the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the people power revolution. PHOTO BY MIKE DE LEON

President Benigno Aquino 3rd minced no words in criticizing the Marcos family on Thursday, the 30th anniversary of the EDSA revolt, as he reminded Filipinos of the repression of freedom during martial law.

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Aquino enumerated the failures of the Marcos regime, saying these were proof that the dictator’s years were not the “golden age” of the Philippines as claimed by some.

“I wish to emphasize: These are not products of imagination. These are neither theories nor the opinions of a small few. Martial law actually happened. There was a dictator who, along with his family and his cronies, abused his position, and the price for this was the lives and the freedom of Filipinos,” he said.

Filipinos, according to the President, now enjoy unfettered freedom unlike before.

“Back then, if you had the good fortune of attaining a copy of forbidden articles, you would do everything you could to conceal it from the agents of martial law, because if you were caught with the mere possession of such articles, it was enough for them to imprison you with no fixed term, without even a court case,” he said.

“In fact, back then, if three friends were found gathered together, it was enough for the state to file a case for illegal assembly against them. These freedoms that do not even merit a second thought today are a stark contrast from the situation under the Marcos regime,” Aquino added.

The President said he “shakes his head” whenever he hears that the Philippines experienced its “golden age” during the Marcos years.

“Perhaps they were golden days for him, who, after completing two terms as President, which is equivalent to eight years, created a way to cling to power… Perhaps they really were golden days for Mr. Marcos’ cronies, and for those close to him,” he added.

Aquino said it was under Marcos’ term when the country’s debt ballooned from P2.4 billion when the strongman took office in 1965 to P192.2 billion when he was deposed.

“And because this money did not go where it was supposed to, the payment of this debt burdens us to this day,” the President noted.

“It was the golden age of the NPA [New People’s Army], whose ranks grew from 60 people to 25,000 because of the people’s disillusionment with the government. It actually reached a point where Davao was being used by the NPA as an urban laboratory, as a means to prepare attacks on several cities across our nation,” he said.

Aquino added that the martial law years were a “golden age for those who abused our Moro brothers and sisters.”

He turned his ire on Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile for blocking passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

“Is it not true that the BBL has hit a road block in the Senate Committee on Local Governance, headed by Senator Marcos? Is it not true that, in the last session day, it was Senator Enrile who continued to interpellate? And is it not true that these two surnames were the ones who pushed for a military solution against the Moros during the dictatorship?” Aquino asked.

Marcos is running for Vice President as an independent candidate.

Aquino warned that there was no certainty that the senator will not repeat the horrors under his father’s rule.

“If he cannot even see the wrong in what his family did, how can we be confident that he will not repeat the same? All I can say is, thank you, because you have at least been honest in showing us that you are ready to emulate your father. Do not mistake me: This is not about the Aquinos versus the Marcoses, it is clear to me that this is about right versus wrong,” he said.

“It is also true that the sins of the father should not be visited on the son. At the same time, what I cannot understand: The dictator’s own blood had all this time to say, ‘My father did the country wrong; give us the chance to make it right.’ And yet, just think, this was what he said, ‘I am ready to say sorry if I knew what I have to be sorry for’,” the President added.

“Today, I ask the youth: Take it upon yourselves to learn of what happened during EDSA…I hope that you make the most of this chance to see how important the freedom and the democracy you now hold in your hands are. God willing, we will all do our part so that darkness will never consume the Philippines once more. God willing, the freedom we so long dreamed of, will never, ever be taken away from us once more,” Aquino said.

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  1. The only good decision made by Mr. Noynoying is his hesitance to join LGBT group though he loved to.

  2. “Back then, if you had the good fortune of attaining a copy of forbidden articles, you would do everything you could to conceal it from the agents of martial law, because if you were caught with the mere possession of such articles, it was enough for them to imprison you with no fixed term, without even a court case.”

    “In fact, back then, if three friends were found gathered together, it was enough for the state to file a case for illegal assembly against them.”

    Answer: Lies

    “It was the golden age of the NPA [New People’s Army], whose ranks grew from 60 people to 25,000 because of the people’s disillusionment with the government.”

    Answer: Our hero Sen. Ninoy Aquino was instrumental in the increase of NPA rebels in the Philippines. It was he who introduced NPA commander Dante Buscayno to Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison.

    Ninoy gave NPA rebels medicine, guns, money, refuge at the family-owned Hacienda Luisita, etc.

  3. As usual paninisi sa nakaraan uli ang agenda ng mga yellow group.Di na ba magbabago ang grupong ito?.Nasaan na ang nationalism dito at sa mga taong ito imbes na sagisag ng bansa ang nakalagay sa mga damit o sa mga sinusuot nila at isinasabit ay yellow color, ang na kakabit sa mga damit nila,Anong gusto nilang palitawin iba sila,May kalayaan daw at freedom kaya pala 31 journalist na ang napapatay na mula lang ng 2010 ( refer to unesco report) at itong taon lang isa na naman ang pinatay .Pangakong nanay nilana agrarian reform sa buong pilipinas nagawa ba eh sa mismong lugar nga niya di niya na i pa implement (Hacienda Luisita), sama pa ang mediola massacre, Hacienda massacre etc.Gandang economy ramdam ba ito ng nakakaraming pilipino lalo na ang gaya ko na dahil sa kahirapan ay kailangan pang mangibang bansa.Imulat po natin ang ating mga mata lalo na sa mga kanayunan ang daming tao walang magawa dahil karamihan ay umaasa sa pag sasaka .Tanong ko rin po sa ating mga kababayan ano po ba ang ini export natin na mga produkto sa ngayon?na makaka angat sa ating kinabubuhayan?Ang totoo po OFW remittances ang bumubuhay sa economy natin di po ba? Wag na po tayong mag paikot ikot pa ang ugat ng lahat ng krimen at kaguluhan ay ang kahirapan.Kung ang lahat ay may mainam na trabaho magiging abala sila dito at di sila makakapag isip ng di mainam.Wag na nating ugaliin ang mag sisihan sa isat isa wala itong patutunguhan at higit sa lahat magkaisa tayong lahat dahil ito ang isa sa wala sa ating mga pilipino at higit sa lahat manalangin tayo sa DIYOS na harinawa ay matulungan niya tayo sa bagay na ito.Nasa DIYOS ang awa ngunit nasa tao ang gawa kaya gawin na natin ang bagay na ito .PEACE to ALL

    • Manny Villanueva on

      I disagree what you said. Marcos dictatorship was the worse leadership we ever had. We actually don’t have the freedom to voice out our opinion during Marcos reign, please read your Philippine history and learn more.

    • Manny Villanueva says:
      February 27, 2016 at 5:03 am
      I disagree what you said. Marcos dictatorship was the worse leadership we ever had. We actually don’t have the freedom to voice out our opinion during Marcos reign, please read your Philippine history and learn more.

      Oh yes we did have freedom of speech. We were just disciplined back then and knew how to properly exercise our rights. Freedom of Speech doesn’t imply saying whatever you want, even if it destroys your fellow human being, which was introduced by the Yellow. The correct term of that basic right is “RIGHT TO BE HEARD” and Freedom of Speech & Freedom of Expression is tied to it, implying the right to speak, when needed with the assurance of being heard.

  4. Para sa kaalaman ng lahat na ang experiential museum na ginastusan ng milyon -milyon ng gobyerno gamit ang pera ng taong bayan para gamitin sa pamumulitika ay ginagawang compulsory sa mga estudyante ng mga eskwelahan para dumalo at mabrainwashed. Nakakahiya ang desperadong Aquino administration na kinakabog na makabalik sa pwesto ang isang Marcos dahil lulutang ang matagal ng alingasaw nilang itinatago sa Publiko.

  5. Tama na ang panlilinlang mo Aquino! huwag mong gawing mang-mang ang taong bayan.Huwag mong insultuhin ang kaisipan ng taong bayan.Hindi lahat ng Pilipino ay mga panatiko mo na nalason ang kaisipan dahil sa panlilinlang nyo.

  6. Mr. Aquino, let us peep into pre-EDSA 1986: nasaan ang tatay mo noong binomba ang Plaza Miranda? Nasaan siya? At bakit ang daming NPA sa Central Luzon? Ano ang papel ng tatay mo sa pagdami nito? Kung hindi mo alam ang mga sagot, magtanong ka. Do not park your brain cells in the toilet.

    Mr. Aquino, post-EDSA 1986 naman tayo, panahon ng nanay mo: Aquino Cojuango family-centric land reform, Mendiola Massacre, Hacienda Luisita Massacre, Kamag-anak Incorporated, to name a few. Nakalimutan mo na? Magtanong ka rin. Do not insulate your gray matter with the dark associated with this Period of Infamy.

    Mr. Aquino, with your term? Sus ginoo. The WORST. Talo mo ang nanay mo. Darkest Period in the Philippines’ Contemporary History. Enjoy, Mr. Imbalanced. While it last.

  7. President Aquino has soiled the Office of the President and throws mus to the Filipino people who elected him.

    No president in the history of the Philippines ever bad-mouthed his presecessors like Aquino. Everytime Aquino curses the Marcos regime, he insults the Filipinos who elected Marcos.
    His jailing of Macapagal-Arroyo is a testament of Aquino’s brutal stupidity and narcistic character.

    EDSA People Power protest was not a revolutio! Those people who perpetuate themselves as EDSA heroes are demented fools! Don’t they realize that Marcos the Dictator was harmless & benevolent because Marcos never did fire a single bullet aganst the protesters and their leaders.

    Martial law declared by Marcos was pertinent, timely and necessary during that time.

    All charges of looting by Marcos were never supported by evidence. And, if Marcos was flown to his hometown in Ilocos instead of Hawaii, Cory Aquino would not become an appointed president because she never was elected.

    The USA totally funded and orchestrated the overthrow of Marcos because Marcos kick out the Americans Bases from the Philippines.

    If Marcos did not declare martial law then, the Philippines would have sank to communistic chaos greater worse than the killing fields of Cambodia.

  8. As usual a paranoid Noynoy cannot just accept the fact that the New York Times feature the sentiments of many Filipinos relishing on supposed “Golden Age” of the Philippines during Marcos era. Ironically only the yellow surveys and yellow media are agog how popular and great the Aquinos are. But a large number of Filipinos are hungry and poor exacerbated even more after EDSA revolt and that’s a fact that Noynoy have to swallow.